The U.S. Supreme Court, in a bold and controversial decision, agreed to be the final arbiter on four “Obama-care” challenges triggered by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). They are: (1) The Anti-Injunction Act issue; (2) the individual mandate | Commerce Clause issue; (3) the sever-ability issue; and (4) the coercion issue.
The Supremes chose as a vehicle:
… a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in a suit brought by 26 state attorneys general, the National Federation of Independent Business and two private individuals. That appellate court was the only one of four to strike down the law’s linchpin — the minimum insurance coverage requirement, the so-called individual mandate.” (Via NJ Law Journal).
Peripheral issues have arisen over requests by “interested bystanders” for Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas, and Justice Elena Kagen to recuse themselves from the case; and a request to televise oral arguments.
Here are some capsule summaries on each of the the four questions before the Supreme Court
Obama dedicated the first two years of his presidency fighting for the creation and passage of a universal health care act. In others words, he bet the house (White House).
If the Supremes emasculate this law, Obama is one-term presidential toast.