It's the most important day of the Supreme Court's three-day review of President Obama's health care bill. And by extension, that makes it one of the most important days in the last decade of Supreme Court hearings—or as The New Yorker's legal wiz Jeffrey Toobin puts it, the biggest day since Bush v. Gore: "Pay attention, folks." Here are the justices, the arguments and the media to keep track of today as the high court weighs the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
The arguments They key issue at play today is Obamacare's individual mandate, or whether the government has the right to force individuals to purchase health care. The Obama administration says it does because this is well under its powers to regulate interstate commerce, notes the Associated Press. And because health care takes up nearly 18 percent of the national economy and signing up healthy people alongside sick people is necessary to afford covering everyone, the mandate is legally OK. The law's challengers say compelling citizens to buy stuff whether they use it or not, be it health insurance or popsicles or Nerf guns is unconstitutional. Additionally, the Constitution's idea of federal taxation is not penalizing people for not buying insurance.