Supreme Court Begins Hearing Arguments On Constitutionality Of Obamacare

March 26, 2012 12:00 AM

Supreme Court Begins Hearing Arguments On Constitutionality Of Obamacare
" WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork) — The U.S. Supreme Court waded into the controversy over health care Monday, wrestling with the question: “is it constitutional for the government to force Americans to buy health insurance?”

It was democracy in action on the sidewalk in front of the Supreme Court. Protesters on both sides of the health care debate voiced their feelings as the nine justices of the nation’s highest court began hearing arguments about the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care law, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

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Inside the court the justices spent more than 90 minutes questioning attorneys about whether the requirement that Americans purchase health care insurance is constitutional.

Gregory Katsas was one of the attorneys asking that the law be struck down.

“There’s a requirement to buy heath insurance that’s what we’re challenging,” Katsas said.

The Obama health care bill has become a focal point of the presidential campaign, and of Senate and Congressional races around the country. If the justices uphold the president’s law it would give his re-election campaign a big boost. Republicans would benefit if it goes the other way "

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