Morning Roundup — Wednesday, March 28

Good morning.  Below are links to major media coverage recapping yesterday’s individual mandate arguments (including a Wall Street Journal story with quotes from our very own Dom Perella) and looking ahead to today’s severability and Medicaid  hearings.

Today’s arguments will cover two relatively distinct, but critically important, questions.  In the first hour and half, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the Justices will consider–assuming that the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) individual mandate is unconstitutional–how much of the rest of the ACA must fall with it.  After lunch, from 1 to 2 p.m., the Justices will explore whether the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid–which requires States to extend Medicaid coverage to a host of new beneficiaries based on federally defined criteria–goes too far in encouraging States to go along with federal programs.

Stay tuned for a “quick take” after each argument; full recaps after the Court adjourns for the day (or sooner, if Dom is able to leave the Court and write a post between arguments); and a Q&A with Dom from 3 to 4 p.m.

Anna Wilde Mathews and Louise Radnofsky, The Wall Street Journal, “Health Executives Unfazed By Supreme Court Debate.”

Adam Liptak, The New York Times, “In Court, Sharp Questions on Health Care Law’s Mandate.”

N.C. Aizenman and Robert Barnes, The Washington Post, “On Last Day of Health Care Hearing, Supreme Court Considers Severability, Medicaid Expansion.”

Julie Rovner, NPR, “Supreme Court’s Medicaid Decision Could Reach Far Beyond Healthcare.”

David G. Savage and Noam N. Levey, L.A. Times, “Supreme Court Greets Healthcare Mandate With Skepticism.”


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