Supreme Court ObamaCare Oral Arguments: Information & Resources
Mar 28, 2012
to hear ObamaCare argumentsAfter winding through the courts for the last two years, the U.S. Supreme Court will finally hear oral arguments concerning the constitutionality of ObamaCare on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this coming week beginning March 26.
Each day our General Counsel, Andrew Schlafly, Esq., will provide legal analysis of the oral arguments for that day, which you can review at www.FreeMediPedia.org. His comments will also be posted to the AAPS website at www.AAPSonline.org/scotus.
The outcome of this case has enormous implications for the freedom of every American, and public scrutiny of the Court's proceedings is accordingly high. Friday morning, outside the Court, "two individuals started the line at about 9:30 a.m. — 72 1/2 hours ahead of time," in hopes of being one of the few to view the arguments in person, according to ScotusBlog.com.
AAPS has taken every opportunity to educate the courts about why ObamaCare must be fully thrown out before it does irreparable harm to patients and to the practice of patient-centered medicine.
Three days after the law was signed, AAPS filed a suit in federal court, which is still pending, and has also filed 8 amicus briefs in U.S. Courts of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Learn more about AAPS efforts before the courts at the AAPS website and at FreeMediPedia.org.
Scroll down for a schedule of the hearings.
The New York Times has a useful overview of the schedule and the Heritage Foundation has a summary of the questions that will be heard. The Center for Objective Health Policy has created this easy-to-read and printable infographic, outlining the issues before the court and summarizing the possible outcomes. A final decision is expected by the end of June 2012.
While not allowing TV cameras, the Court has promised to release same-day audio recordings of the arguments which can be found at the court's website, http://www.supremecourt.gov/. Morning arguments should be available by 2pm EDT and afternoon arguments by 4pm EDT, according to the court. CSPAN will also broadcast the audio recordings the same day
AAPS has strongly urged the court for a full revocation of ObamaCare, but regardless of its final decision - AAPS will remain on the front line fighting to make sure socialized medicine is rejected and the patient-physician relationship is preserved.
As an editorial in Thursday's Wall Street Journal concludes, "The stakes are much larger than one law or one President. It is not an exaggeration to say that the Supreme Court's answers may constitute a hinge in the history of American liberty and limited and enumerated government. The Justices must decide if those principles still mean something."
Here is a short video update about "ObamaCare and the Courts" from AAPS General Counsel Andrew Schlafly, given earlier this year at an AAPS dinner meeting.
Monday, March 26 (10am to 11:30am):
- Is the penalty in ObamaCare a "tax" such that the Tax Anti-Injunction Act prevents review of ObamaCare until after the penalties (taxes) are collected in 2014? The Tax Anti-Injunction Act states that “no suit for the purpose of restraining the assessment or collection of any tax shall be maintained in any court by any person, whether or not such person is the person against whom such tax was assessed.”
Tuesday, March 27 (10am to noon):
- Is the individual mandate, which requires nearly everyone to purchase health insurance, constitutional?
Wednesday, March 28 (10am to 11:30am):
- Is the individual mandate severable from ObamaCare, such that the remainder of ObamaCare can be upheld even if the individual mandate is unconstitutional?
Wednesday, March 28 (1pm to 2pm):
- Is this requirement in ObamaCare constitutional: States must either expand Medicaid or lose their Medicaid funding?
To help keep the truth about ObamaCare in front of the American people during the Supreme Court arguments, the free online viewing — sponsored by AAPS — of the documentary SICK & SICKER has been extended through Wednesday night, March 28. Watch it at http://www.aapsonline.org/sickandsicker and please spread the word to your contacts.