Supreme Court Hearing of Health Reform Law Available Online

The U.S. Supreme Court has concluded its hearing of six hours of oral arguments on various provisions of the federal health reform law.  The case is seen widely as the most politically consequential cases since Bush v. Gore in 2000.  A ruling from the Justices is expected to be issued in June, 2012, just in time for the heat of election season.  Experts have noted that the ruling could come down in a variety of ways, including an inability to rule on the merits of the law because of the application of the Anti-Injunction Act, a 19th-century law that prohibits the courts from asserting an opinion on a tax law before a tax has actually been assessed.

In the meantime, transcripts and audio recordings of the oral arguments have been made available online and can be found in the below links.

  • Monday, March 26: Anti-Injunction Act (whether or not the Justices can rule on the law) – transcript.
  • Tuesday, March 27: Individual mandate –  transcript.
  • Wednesday, March 28: Severability –  transcript.
  • Wednesday, March 28: Medicaid expansion –  transcript.