TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Mar 26, 2012

The arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court hearings on President Obama’s health care overhaul began today and will last for six hours over a three-day period, the longest argument in more than 40 years. The court has boiled the arguments down into four questions. The first question, argued today, asks the justices to decide whether an 1867 law called the Tax Anti-Injunction Act prevents the court from even considering this bill right now. The administration and the challengers to the overhaul law don't agree on much. But both sides agreed that the Anti-Injunction Act, which says people can't challenge a tax in court before they pay it, should not prevent the Supreme Court from deciding the constitutionality of the law. National Public Radio has more, while the Blog of Legal Times details the arguments.