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-- everything -- -- -- today the Supreme Court -- the first -- three days of historic arguments involving the constitutionality.
Of the Affordable Care -- -- obamacare.
-- the -- eagerly awaited by both supporters and opponents.
With the country's health care a lot and possibly the president's political future hanging in the balance.
No protesters outside the Supreme Court were ready to get to the main attraction what happened inside the court could keep the justices from getting to the question.
Whether the individual mandate at the heart of the president's health care law is constitutional.
Under the anti injunction -- drafted in 1867.
No suit for the purpose of -- the assessment or collection of any tax she'll be maintained in any court by any person.
Some argue that means the mandate must first take -- 2014.
And then someone be assessed a tax penalty for refusing to comply before the law can be challenged pushing the case to 2015 or beyond.
But the -- first have to define the penalty associated with the individual mandate as attacks and even the government hasn't settled -- question.
As justice Samuel Alito noted to solicitor general Donald for really during the arguments today general -- today here arguing that.
Is not attacks.
Tomorrow you're going to be back and will be arguing that the penalty is the tax.
A reference to the government's defense of the individual mandate as constitutional under Congress's taxing power an -- to be tackled during arguments on Tuesday.
By contrast you may remember president Obama's response when repeatedly pushed on the proposition that the penalty is indeed attacks back 2009.
For us to say that you've got to take -- responsibility.
To get health insurance.
Is -- -- -- not a tax increase.
Both sides of the dispute the states challenging the lot and the government now agree that it is time for the lawsuit to move forward.
The court was concerned enough though about the issue to appoint an outside attorney and give him forty minutes to represent the position today that the case is not yet right.
As attorney Bob long worked to convince the justices he met with plenty of skepticism including this question from justice Stephen Breyer.
Congress has no we're used the word tax.
What it says it -- penalty.
Moreover this is not in the internal revenue code -- for purposes of collection.
And so why is this a tax.
The attorney representing those challenging the law believes the justices were persuaded that the case is right.
We think there's no bar to our coming into federal court to challenge this unprecedented.
Obligation to buy a good or service that.
Tomorrow the justices tackle the core of the case the individual mandate in expanded oral argument that -- last two hours by the way.
The -- for seats inside the courtroom for tomorrow has already started.
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