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Justices Question Health-Care Options

In its final day of hearings on Obamacare, the Supreme Court examined the consequences of ruling the health-care legislation unconstitutional. Justice Antonin Scalia considered the political realities, saying that Washington’s “legislative inertia” would make a moot point of the law if the justices took the “heart out of the statute.” Other Justices said that a broad ruling that struck down the whole law was a political task for which the court is not suited. Also, a salvage job would be hard work. “You really want us to go through these 2,700 pages?” Scalia asked a White House lawyer.

March 29, 2012 6:21 AM