(Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Wednesday ended more than six hours of oral arguments over three days about whether President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law would survive constitutional scrutiny, setting up to deliver a ruling on its fate by late June.
Over the past three days, the nine-member court delved into whether Congress exceeded its authority by requiring most Americans to obtain health insurance by 2014 or face a penalty, along with whether the entire wide-ranging law must be struck down if they found that critical provision to be invalid.
The Koch Brothers wing of the court, Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Alito have likely already made up their minds. No doubt they want a Republican to become president and striking down the health care act will help to undermine Obama’s reelection chances, so naturally they’re going to vote against the law regardless of the legal merits of it.
(Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky; Editing by Howard Goller and Will Dunham)