The U.S. Supreme Court is holding hearings on President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care reform laws. Here are five things to know about it.
1. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is being challenged at this level because several states and groups have argued that the law goes against the Constitution's Commerce Clause, which says that Americans can’t be forced to buy something they may not want or need.
2. The justices will not vote immediately after the hearings are concluded Wednesday. They will meet privately to debate the case and most likely issue a ruling in June.
3. Even though these hearings are about the health care laws, pundits are saying that if the Supreme Court rules against the laws, it could break Obama’s presidency.
4. The issue has become a politically charged one, and many believe a vote could be divided along party lines: four Supreme Court justices are Republican-leaning and four are Democrat-leaning, meaning the more independent Anthony Kennedy could cast the deciding vote.
5. If the health care law is ruled unconstitutional, experts believe it will have big implications for future measures the federal government tries to enact, since one of the big issues at stake is states’ rights.
GateHouse News Service