Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Health Care Reform before the U.S. Supreme Court

On March 26-28 the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in three separate cases challenging the recent health care reform act. The Court has allowed a very unusual 6 hours for these arguments. The usual time for oral arguments is 1 hour. To prepare yourself for the excitement at the end of the month, you might start with this short video about a graphic novel (comic book) presentation of the act itself written by an economics professor at MIT. The Oyez site has a 10 minute video presentation of the legal questions the act presents, and promises more material soon. Bloomberg news is presenting a series of interviews this week with experts about these cases. The first is with Professor Nadine Strossen and examines preliminary question of whether the Anti-Injunction Act means that the Court should not decide the cases now. Yesterday, Bloomberg posted a hour and a half video of the Feb. 16th program sponsored by Bloomberg and Scotus blog previewing the legal questions in the appeals.