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The Brian Lehrer Show

Our Prep for Supreme Court Health Care Ruling

Thursday, June 28, 2012

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At the Brian Lehrer Show, we are bracing for various scenarios in Thursday’s health care ruling. Here’s what’s in the works, what you need to know, and one weird scenario to keep in mind...

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As you no doubt know, the Supreme Court has been somewhat cagey about their schedule. We know that opinions are released on Monday and Thursday mornings, but beyond that it’s a guessing game. Hence the many anxious mornings in June. But now that we’re at the end of the month, it’s a virtual certainty that we’ll get a decision on health reform around 10 a.m. Thursday. 10 a.m. is when the judges, after they get dressed in the “robing room”, begin to release information – but they first announce “orders” (what cases they will hear in the future) and then “opinions” (their judgments, read from the bench). Health care is one of three opinions on tap for Thursday, and expected to be announced third, so it may be closer to 10:20 before we have final word.

The Brian Lehrer Show begins at 10:06, so we’ll be recapping the basic arguments and the possible scenarios with health policy expert Michael Sparer of Columbia as we wait for information to trickle in. We’ll also have The Takeaway’s Todd Zwillich on the steps of the Supreme Court, where there’s likely to be a lively scene of protesters and supporters of health care reform.

After we learn more about the judgment, we’ll do quick analysis of both the policy and political fallout with Avik Roy of the Manhattan Institute, Paul Starr of Princeton, and many more.

What you need to know to get ready for the ruling below...

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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Listen | Day 3 Highlights from the Supreme Court Health Care Case

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

On the final day of oral arguments before the Supreme Court concerning the constitutionality of the 2010 health care overhaul, questions of “severability” and “coercion” came to the fore.

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Listen | Day 2 Highlights from the Supreme Court Health Care Case

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

On the second day of oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate to purchase health insurance, the Supreme Court weighed the federal government’s argument that health care is different from all other products.

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