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Good reads today on health care act, Supreme Court

Posted at 10:23 AM on March 26, 2012 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Health

Here are some of the things we're reading this morning to keep tabs on the Supreme Court oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act.

Inside the Court.
The Wall Street Journal has reporters moving in and out of the oral arguments this morning, posting updates.

Scope.
The Atlantic online has a good need-to-know page on this week's Supreme Court hearings.

Myth busting.
The Washington Post tackles five myths about the health care law.
1. The "individual mandate" forces everyone to buy health insurance.
2. Only the individual mandate is at stake in the Supreme Court case.
3. If the court upholds the health-care law, it means Congress has the power to require Americans to purchase any product.
4. The law is socialist.
5. The law is an extraordinary intrusion into liberty.

Handicapping the politics.
The Supreme Court is as a political body as well as a judicial one and there's no doubt politics will play a role in what the Court decides ultimately. Politico has a post examining the politics and which justices hold the key to a decision.

Politico's take: "If the Obama administration wins this case, it's likely because either Chief Justice John Roberts or Justices Antonin Scalia or Anthony Kennedy voted to uphold the law."


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Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.