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Good evening I'm -- and -- in progress there can Obama -- survive without the individual mandate.
The Supreme Court battled over that question in today's oral arguments and -- some thought the law -- dead after Tuesday's fierce questioning.
It is premature to -- the final nail in the coffin.
Pretty thin and the crowds were back in full -- awaiting a double -- at the Supreme Court as the fight over the president's health care law continued.
This morning the judges considered whether the law as a whole can survive if the court decides to strike down the mandate.
Which starting in 2014 would require every American to buy health insurance or pay a penalty.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed great concern about what the challengers have proposed throwing out the entire Affordable Care Act.
So why shouldn't we say.
Good situation between hit a record in operation which is what you are requesting.
All -- salvage job and the more conservative.
Approach would be celebrated rather than throwing out everything.
Justice Scalia struggle to see Heather could be any other solution if the mandate falls.
Most divorce ever ability cases you know when.
Involved -- one little aspect of of the -- to the question is whether the rest.
When have we ever really struck down what was the main purpose of the act and left the rest of the fact.
This afternoon in a second session the justices heard from 26 states arguing that they cannot afford to add millions to their Medicaid -- as the new -- Will soon require.
This -- say statutory language will empower the federal government to withhold all their Medicaid funding if they refuse to take on the new enrollees.
A framework they say leads the states no real choice at all.
Today we discussed the Medicaid -- urgent issue and whether or not threatening to take away every single penny.
Of all our hard earned tax dollars are Medicaid funding is coercion than we don't know what is it that's not coercion.
However the federal government will subsidize all of the additional costs in the beginning to the tune of trillions of additional dollars to the states.
The justice Elena Kagan -- I'm persuaded as to how that could be viewed as coercive.
The federal government -- -- saying we're giving you a boatload of money there are no.
Is no matching funds requirement.
There are no extraneous conditions attached to it.
It's just a boat -- -- federal money for you to take and spend on poor people's health care.
It doesn't sound coercive to me I have to tell you.
With the arguments now wrapped in both sides spinning what they heard as a victory we must await an opinion do body and of the court's term.
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