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Audio Essay: Supreme Court Leads by Example

Friday, March 30, 2012

This week, the big players in American democracy, media players, candidates, politicians, even passionate voters got a lesson in intelligent civic democracy from the quiet intensity of measured debate and smart talk from nine justices and a couple of top notch lawyers. John Hockenberry reflects on the week of debates in the Supreme Court. It wasn't just about the health care law this week, argues Hockenberry. It was the way the Court handled the issue – regardless of your political persuasion. The court made a real point about the value of a civic space free of noise and full of intelligence.

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Does Justice Kennedy Hold the Fate of the Health Care Law in His Hands?

Friday, March 30, 2012

In the biggest Supreme Court cases, Justice Anthony Kennedy, more often that not, is the key swing vote. As the Supreme Court deliberates over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, once again all eyes are on Justice Kennedy. Adam Liptak is the Supreme Court Correspondent for The New York Times.

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On The Media

How Questioning "Obamacare's" Constitutionality Went Mainstream

Friday, March 30, 2012

When "Obamacare" first debuted, opponents of the legislation criticized its cost and reachnot the possibility that it might be unconstitutional. But this week the Supreme Court spent three days hearing arguments on the mandated health care law. Brooke speaks to Politico's Josh Gerstein about how challenging Obamacare on constitutional grounds went from a zany fringe idea to a mainstream conversation.

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It's A Free Country ®

Obama vs. SCOTUS: Learning from FDR's Court Comeback

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It was 1936, and it had been a difficult few years for President Franklin Roosevelt at the Supreme Court. Congress moved quickly to pass Roosevelt’s New Deal agenda, and the nine justices ruled swiftly to throw much of it out.

“No Supreme Court in history had ever struck down so many laws so quickly,” Jeff Shesol wrote in his 2010 book Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court. “Between 1933 and 1936, the Court overturned acts of Congress at ten times the traditional rate.” 

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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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The Takeaway

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Leads Charge Against ACA

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Today the Supreme Court will hear the final round of arguments on President Obama's Affordable Care Act. While 26 states joined the lawsuit against health care reform, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed the original suit, and Florida is the lead plaintiff in the case. And in the midst of what Attorney General Bondi has called "one of the biggest cases of our lifetime," she is also leading an investigation into the Trayvon Martin case in Sanford, Florida.

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The Takeaway

What Happens If the Supreme Court Rejects the Individual Mandate?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

All this week, the Supreme Court has heard arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The centerpiece of President Obama's health care reform legislation — and the focus of the debate at the Court — is the individual mandate, which requires all Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a fine. The Court won't issue a ruling until June, but if they do declare the mandate unconstitutional, how much of a real difference will it make for you and your health care?

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The Takeaway

Day Three: The Supreme Court and Health Care

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Yesterday was the second of three days of hearings in the Supreme Court's review of Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The session was devoted to one key question: Is Congress overstepping its Constitutional power by requiring nearly all Americans to carry health insurance? Jeffrey Rosen is back to break it all down for us, and to give us a preview of what will happen in today’s third and final day of hearings. Rosen is professor of law at George Washington University, and he’s been following the arguments closely. He joins us from Washington, D.C.

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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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The Takeaway

Ohio Attorney General Explains Why He Joined Suit Against Affordable Care Act

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The case against the Affordable Care Act currently being heard by the Supreme Court was brought by 26 states. Ohio is one of those states, and in Ohio, disapproval of the health care law runs deep. Last fall, Ohio voters amended the state constitution to say that no federal or state law will require any person, company or health care provider to participate in a health care system. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine explains why he joined the suit against the Affordable Care Act.

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The Takeaway

Doctors Debate the Individual Mandate

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

All this week, we're talking about Department of Health and Human Services vs. Florida, the health care case at the Supreme Court. Today the Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of the individual mandate, the provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires Americans to purchase health insurance. Failure to purchase health insurance could result in a fine. We've heard from constitutional scholars and economists for their take on health care reform and the individual mandate, and today we turn to three doctors this morning who have very different perspectives on the individual mandate. 

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Chat Recap: Supreme Court on Healthcare

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

This afternoon at 2, Anna Sale and Brian Lehrer hosted a live chat on the Supreme Court hearings. They were joined by The Takeaway host Celeste Headlee, health care reporter Fred Mogul and others to parse out what’s at stake. Read a recap of the live chat below.

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Health Care Law Today

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to President Obama’s healthcare law today, kicking off a three-day proceeding. The Affordable Care Act mandates an expansion of health insurance to 30 million more Americans within a decade, as well as for the ire it has roused in Republican lawmakers and citizens, alike. To look ahead to next three days of health care debate and discussion, Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law at George Washington University, joins us.

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The Takeaway

The Agenda: Supreme Court Hears Health Care Arguments, President Obama in South Korea, Consumer Sentiment Reports

Monday, March 26, 2012

Todd ZwillichTakeaway Washington correspondent and Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway look at the stories coming up in the week ahead, including the Supreme Court hearings about health care legislation, President Obama's meetings in South Korea and the Conference Board Confidence Index and the Michigan Consumer Sentiment reports slated to come out this week.

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Explainer: What to Expect at the SCOTUS Hearings, Day 3

Monday, March 26, 2012

This is the big day. The Court turns its attention to the substantive issues. The parties will be arguing whether the Constitution empowers the federal government to require every person to purchase health insurance.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Supreme Court Hears Health Reform

Monday, March 26, 2012

Linda Greenhouse, former Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times, lecturer at Yale Law School, and whose most recent book is The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction, previews the Supreme Court arguments for and against health insurance reform.

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The Takeaway

Affordable Care Act Supporters, Critics Line Up Outside of U.S. Supreme Court

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Supreme Court begins three days of oral arguments today on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care overhaul. People lined up outside the Supreme Court building in Washington beginning on Friday hoping to get the chance to see the proceedings today. Kathie McClure is a trial lawyer from Atlanta, Georgia, and Reverend Rob Schenck is the President of the National Clergy Council, a network of pastors and denominational leaders.

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WNYC News

Your Questions About the Supreme Court Hearings

Sunday, March 25, 2012

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will take up Department of Health and Human Services, et al., Petitioners v. Florida, et al., also known as the case testing the constitutionality of the legislative health care overhaul now known as "Obamacare."

This week, we'll be checking in with experts following the case. Leave your questions and we'll do our best to get them answered. 

The Takeaway

An Introduction to the Supreme Court

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Next week the Supreme Court will hear Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida, the case that will decide the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, or health insurance reform. The case includes a number of questions about states' rights, federal jurisdiction, and individual liberty. In addition, it shines a spotlight on the institution that will decide the constitutionality of President Obama's signature legislation. 

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Health Care in Court: A Primer to the Supreme Court Case

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

As the Supreme Court takes up a challenge to the health care overhaul known as "Obamacare," here's what you need to know about the arguments, the mixed court decisions so far, what the Constitution says and a reading list for more information.

Your Questions About the Supreme Court Hearings

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