March 29, 2012 Health lawyers aren't sure, but their opinions range from "God only knows" to "bedlam" to "chaos."
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March 29, 2012 If the Supreme Court strikes down the health overhaul law, what happens to the people who have benefited already? Here's a roundup of some answers to questions raised by the historic arguments.
The broccoli was flying this week in the Supreme Court.
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March 29, 2012 When the Supreme Court justices talk, they let the food metaphors fly.
March 28, 2012 By a 5-3 majority, the court ruled that people who sue the government for invading their privacy can only recover out-of-pocket damages. And whistle-blowers' lawyers say that leaves victims who suffer emotional trouble and smeared reputations with few if any options.
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Activists gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as the court hears a third day of arguments on President Obama's health care law.
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March 28, 2012 If the justices find the insurance mandate unconstitutional, will they strike down the entire health care law? The top five moments from Justice Antonin Scalia could offer clues about the thinking of the court's conservative majority.
Supporters of the health care law rally in front of the Supreme Court Wednesday, the final day of arguments over its constitutionality.
March 28, 2012 The key issue is whether the health law's expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor unfairly compels the participation of states. Many considered this to be the weakest part of the states' challenge to the health law, and during Wednesday afternoon's arguments, justices made their skepticism clear.
People wait for tickets to attend the last day of arguments over the Affordable Care Act at the Supreme Court.
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March 28, 2012 Questioning earlier this week suggested the health care law's mandate might be in peril. Today, the Supreme Court considered whether other parts of the law could still stand if the mandate falls. "It looked today that if there are five votes to strike down the mandate, there might be five votes to strike down the whole law," said NPR's Nina Totenberg.
March 28, 2012 Justices will focus on the issue of whether the law can survive if they strike its so-called mandate. They'll also take up the question of whether states can be required to expand their Medicaid plans.
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If the Supreme Court rules that the health insurance mandate is unconstitutional, does that invalidate the rest of the law?
March 28, 2012 If the Supreme Court decides that Congress exceeded its constitutional authority in enacting the part of the law that requires most Americans to either have health insurance starting in 2014 or pay a penalty, does that invalidate the rest of the law? And if not, how much, if any, of the rest of the law should it strike down?
The final argument the Supreme Court will hear about the new health care law is whether its Medicaid expansion unfairly forces states to participate.
March 28, 2012 The justices will hear arguments Wednesday over whether the health law's expansion of Medicaid for the poor unfairly forces the states to participate. And their decision could greatly affect the relationship between the federal government and the states.
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An activist dressed as the Statue of Liberty participates in a protest on the second day of oral arguments over President Obama's health care law on Tuesday.
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March 27, 2012 The talent show outside the U.S. Supreme Court continued Tuesday as activists for and against President Obama's health care law sought to outdo each other with ever more artistic forms of protest.
Opponents and supporters of President Obama's health care overhaul rallied outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Bob Mason shows support for the Tea Party by dressing in costume as one of the Founding Fathers.
March 27, 2012 Who offered the most intense questioning? The grimmest hypothetical example? The best food metaphor? Tuesday's session was filled with sharp rhetorical volleys and clever analogies. Here are the highlights.
While some reporters inside scrambled to get word out, there were plenty of protesters and spectators outside the Supreme Court this morning.
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March 27, 2012 Cameras aren't allowed. There are no broadcasts. No one's supposed to leave the courtroom and then come back in. But word is getting out as the Supreme Court takes up the health care overhaul.
March 27, 2012 On Day 2 of the sessions about the constitutionality of the health care overhaul, there were many tough questions for the government's lawyer. But it wasn't absolutely clear where the majority will come down, NPR's Nina Totenberg says.
Supporters and opponents of the health care law rallied in front of the Supreme Court Tuesday, as the court considered the constitutionality of the insurance mandate.
March 27, 2012 The U.S. Supreme Court appeared split Tuesday on whether the federal government can force people to buy health insurance. "Three of the conservatives are clearly going to vote to strike it down — that would be justices Scalia, Alito and Thomas," NPR's Nina Totenberg reports from outside the court.
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