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CWA’s Guide to Health Care Oral Arguments at the Supreme Court

By March 26, 2012Legal
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Everyone is talking about it. Oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as “ObamaCare,” are set to begin on Monday, March 26, at 10:00 a.m. The Court will hear arguments for six hours total, on four different questions, over a three-day period.

In Washington, there is a feeling of historic importance surrounding this case, and if you stay connected to, you can be a part of it. We will keep you abreast of the latest inside information on the case, complete with an analysis of the arguments that you can understand.

To start our coverage, we wanted to provide you with an overview of what will be happening next week in an easy-to-follow format.

Day Time Question Breakdown Monday 10:00 -11:30 a.m. Whether the challenge to the individual mandate can be heard now, or must it be delayed until the mandate goes into effect?-Preview-CWA President Statement-Recap – Argument for delay: Bob Long (40 min.) – Against delay: Solicitor General Donald Verrilli (30 min.) and Gregory Katsas (20 min.) Tuesday 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Whether the individual mandate, forcing individuals to purchase health insurance or face fines, is constitutional?-Preview-Recap, Part 1-Recap, Part 2 -For constitutionality: SG Verrilli (1 hr.) -Against constitutionality: Paul Clement (30 min.) and Mike Carvin (30 min.) Wednesday 10: 00 – 11:30 a.m. If the mandate is found to be unconstitutional, is it severable, meaning, will the rest of the law survive?-Preview-Recap -It should survive: Deputy Solicitor General Edwin Kneedler (30 min.) and H. Bartow Farr (30 min.) -It should be completely struck down: Paul Clement (30 min.) Wednesday 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Whether the expansion of Medicaid is unconstitutional?Recap -For constitutionality: SG Verrilli (30 min.) -Against constitutionality: Paul Clement (30 min.)

Each day be sure to check, where we will explain each issue in depth, give you the latest news of what happened inside the courtroom, and preview the next day’s arguments.

ACTION ITEM: Please commit to join with us in prayer, starting today and all throughout next week, for these arguments. This decision will have enormous consequences for our families, our children, and our country.

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