Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Conservative Justices Seem Poised to Deal Blow to #ObamaCare

That's the headline to David Savage's piece at the Los Angeles Times.

I doubt folks should get their hopes up. Remember the Court's decision upholding the individual mandate as a tax in 2012, in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius. That was a crushing defeat for conservatives. So personally, I just don't read that much into oral arguments, despite the widespread reporting today that a majority on the Court were hostile to the administration's position on the law's contraceptive mandate. (See the Washington Post as well, "Supreme Court seems sympathetic to firms on contraceptives case.")

More from Lyle Denniston, at SCOTUSblog, "Argument recap: One hearing, two dramas" (via Memeorandum).