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Good morning everybody question of the day -- the White House force you to buy health insurance that question.
Is front and center today at a federal court only minutes away from perhaps the most critical hearing to date on the largest lawsuit challenging president.
A good morning everybody live look there in Atlanta where you're live in new York and welcome to America's Newsroom on Bill Hemmer good morning -- you can -- Belgrade on mouse and -- brought in -- Martha MacCallum.
Twice six states in other words more than half the country.
Challenging the mandate that compels Americans to buy health care insurance a federal judge has called it unconstitutional.
And now the White House -- that we are live out.
-- the courthouse only minutes away before he heads into the hearing is the Texas attorney general Greg -- part of this lawsuit sir good morning to you.
What is good morning -- what is your best argument.
Other the best argument clearly is what's your take later in the very beginning and that is and more than 200 years congress has never.
Exceeded its authority about forcing Americans to go out and purchase a product.
Called individual mandate where by the body obamacare law that make -- all Americans who live in this country.
To go out and purchase health care insurance from a private company.
Congress does not have the authority.
Given to it under the constitution.
To make you go purchase a product and we're asking the court to uphold that limitation on congress' power.
Not what the government will argue is that the uninsured places and undue burden on the insured in America and therefore -- can't regulate conference.
How do you defend that.
Look clearly congress has the authority to to regulate commercial activity.
-- congress does not have the authority do.
Is to regulate commercial and activity.
And that's what's taking place there by those who are refusing to purchase insurance.
They are engaging in in activity as opposed to commercial activity.
And get this is an easy example and congress can force people into the stream of commerce.
Congress could -- -- Baptist preacher to go purchase alcohol acute performance.
Force anyone to go parts as any kind of product.
And that's just wrong it's un American as unconstitutional they can't do it.
The lower court agreed we hope this court will agree also ought to courts have agreed with you three -- -- against you.
What happens today and -- if right now.
What happens today is we are going to break the mold in disregard.
Every judge that is upheld obamacare has been appointed by Democrat before today every does that is stricken down obamacare has been a Republican.
The judges who will be presiding over the court today.
Two were appointed by Democrat won was appointed by Republican we hope to break the record now.
And get the judges who are Democrats on this court to agree with us do what congress did.
-- their authority by forcing Americans to go out and purchase health care insurance.
All right now we will wait for the arguments the begin momentarily and we will get a decision out of Atlanta when do you believe -- -- days away or weeks.
Now -- -- it'll be at least weeks probably months away.
-- -- -- goal is to get a ruling out by the late summer early fall so that we will be able to appeal this to the United States Supreme Court.
When the US Supreme Court reconvenes.
Court's next session which will be in October.
Our Greg -- thank you he's the attorney general of Texas he points out -- -- three judge panel.
Two of the judges appointed by President Bill Clinton -- appointed by George Bush we'll see how it goes sir thank you.
For your time today thank you -- Atlanta.
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