Welcome to the Globe and Mail's live blog coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Obamacare - exciting times indeed. In 30 minutes the court is expected to rule on President Obama's controversial healthcare law.
by Affan Chowdhry 6/28/2012 1:31:11 PM
So here is what we can expect: there will be a bit of circus outside the court, lots of cameras and protesters; inside the packed courtroom: reporters, observers, politicians.
by Affan Chowdhry 6/28/2012 1:32:07 PM
Not since the Supreme Court ruled on Al Gore vs. George W. Bush in the 2000 election has there been this kind of buzz. The reason: the ruling will decide the fate of what President Obama has described the most important piece of domestic legislation in recent memory. So lots at stake - and the decision drops in the middle of an election campaign.
by Affan Chowdhry 6/28/2012 1:33:42 PM
So how does the court release its ruling?
by Affan Chowdhry 6/28/2012 1:34:16 PM
Chief Justice John Roberts is expected to announce at around 10 a.m. that an opinion is about to be issued. At that moment, copies of the ruling are handed out to those in the court room - including reporters. No cameras in the court, no recording devices.
by Affan Chowdhry 6/28/2012 1:36:39 PM
Yes, we should know a little after 10 a.m. ET.
by Chris Hannay 6/28/2012 1:38:21 PM
by Prof. Melissa Haussman 6/28/2012 1:39:22 PM
Supporters of Obama's healthcare reform outside the Supreme Court. Reuters
by Chris Hannay 6/28/2012 1:39:35 PM
Good morning Professor Haussman and welcome to our live blog.
by Affan Chowdhry 6/28/2012 1:39:54 PM
by Prof. Melissa Haussman 6/28/2012 1:40:13 PM
Professor Haussman - excited about the decision to come?
by Affan Chowdhry 6/28/2012 1:40:48 PM
Single payer plan supporter, Margaret Flowers, who is a doctor, is pictured outside the Supreme Court in Washington. Reuters
by Chris Hannay 6/28/2012 1:40:54 PM
Most analysts seem cautious to predict this morning's ruling, but InTrade puts it at about a 70% chance that the mandate will be overturned: www.intrade.com
by Chris Hannay 6/28/2012 1:42:26 PM
The Obamacare law is being challenged on several fronts. There are four key question the Supreme Court will answer.
by Affan Chowdhry 6/28/2012 1:47:01 PM
Here is the first of the four question the Court will address:
Does the U.S. constitution - through the Commerce Clause, which allows Congress to regulate interstate commerce - give the central government the power to require all individuals to purchase health insurance? This question goes to the ‘individual mandate’ at the heart of Obamacare.
by Affan Chowdhry 6/28/2012 1:47:38 PM
Here is the second question the Court will address:
If the individual mandate is unconstitutional does it mean that the entire law has to be struck down or can it be severed so that others aspects of the law can stand?
by Affan Chowdhry 6/28/2012 1:48:13 PM
The third question:
Is Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid - which is a joint federal and state program providing health coverage low-income families and individuals - constitutional? Numerous states say it puts an unnecessary financial burden on them.
by Affan Chowdhry 6/28/2012 1:49:22 PM
Tea Party supporter William Temple holds up a tea pot as he shouts against President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare overhaul outside the Supreme Court in Washington. Reuters
by Chris Hannay 6/28/2012 1:49:29 PM