Skeptical justices grill Solicitor-General over ‘Obamacare’


National Post | News

By Joan Biskupic and James Vicini

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration faced skeptical questioning from a U.S. Supreme Court dominated by conservatives on Tuesday during a tense two-hour showdown over a sweeping health-care law that has divided Americans.

A ruling on the law’s key requirement that most people obtain health insurance or face a penalty appeared likely to come down to Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy, two conservatives who pummeled the administration’s lawyer with questions.

But judges Roberts and Kennedy also scrutinized the two attorneys arguing against the 2010 law, which is considered President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement.

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On Tuesday, the second of three straight days of oral arguments, the justices fired off hard-hitting queries about the limits of the federal government’s power and whether it could even extend to requiring people to eat broccoli and buy gym memberships or cars.

While conservative justices…

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