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-- this morning now Maggie at Houston writes the following at the Supreme Court kicks out the mandate does that stop prison Obama's free contraception.
Now Doug Holtz -- former director of the Congressional Budget Office also present American action form.
Was in court for all three days of arguments last week and with us now -- good morning to you.
I take a viewer's question first has to be tweaked a little bit too because this deals with the executive order that came out -- White House what happens if the mandate is out.
Well there a couple of scenarios.
The -- spent a lot of about Wednesday talking about -- ability.
If the individual mandate goes what else goes with it.
One possibility is it's only the mandate in which case the remainder of the law stands and the president's executive order stands.
Another possibility what the government wanted to have happen.
Is the mandate goes along with some other insurance reforms.
But that would leave in place the so called essential benefits in the contraception and is well okay it's only way to go what is -- like a regular thing for sure just throw the whole law.
I'm -- -- Bosnia has been.
All caution because -- you get rid of the mandate the contraception executive order stands but but you're saying if you throw the whole law out everything goes with it.
Yes and -- it was a vigorous debate about whether there was any place to stop.
Once you -- get rid of the mandates.
Yet here in the insurance reform that he might have to get rid of essential benefits and -- -- a whole lot has to go another -- have to make that decision OK now you're in court what is your sense.
-- how these arguments went back and forth.
Well certainly those who perceive this as strictly ideological battle would have been surprised by the tenor of the discussion it really was a court.
I've tried discuss a tough constitutional question.
The constitution says the federal government has limited enumerated powers.
And they kept asking the government's attorney what's the limit here if we can force people to buy health insurance.
What can we say they will not force people to buy -- they could never find this so called limiting principle and I think.
That was the key moment in the course the liberation.
The notion that somehow you've passed this that the point in the constitution where that the federal government had limited powers and I've those questions came from both left and right until I got to did you have a gas surge or do you do you want to venture -- guess as -- -- The supreme -- person.
My personal guess is it's a coin toss as to whether the individual mandate stays or goes my personal preference would be that it goes and if they get rid of the mandate they will leave the remainder of the law.
And the congress will have to go back and -- I interesting all right Doug thanks appreciate your idea that we'll see in Washington he -- a question you want answered compose an email on the form of a question mark.
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