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Mar 27, 2012

Skeptical justices question Obama healthcare law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – 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 healthcare 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.

Mar 27, 2012

Broccoli, cellphones and the Obama healthcare law

WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) – If Congress has the power
to require that Americans obtain health insurance, U.S. Supreme
Court justices on Tuesday asked hypothetical questions on what
would be next – insisting that people eat broccoli, buy a
cellphone or get burial insurance?

During a second day of arguments over President Barack
Obama’s 2010 healthcare law, conservative Chief Justice John
Roberts likened healthcare services for the sick to such
emergency services as police, fire and ambulance assistance.

Mar 27, 2012

U.S. high court divided over Obama healthcare law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared closely divided along ideological lines over whether Congress had the power to require most people in the United States to buy medical insurance, with conservative justices asking skeptical questions about President Barack Obama’s healthcare law and liberals defending it.

During two dramatic hours of arguments, pivotal justices on the nine-member court suggested they would uphold the so-called individual mandate requiring people to obtain insurance only if they believed they were not giving Congress broad new powers over people’s lives.

Mar 27, 2012

Supreme Court moves to heart of healthcare case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court confronts the core of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law on Tuesday when it hears arguments on whether Congress had the power to require most people in the United States to buy medical insurance.

The two-hour session on the second day of a historic three-day oral argument will offer a first concrete look at how the nine justices view the law Obama signed two years ago and that still divides his Democrats and rival Republicans.

Mar 27, 2012

Supreme Court moves to heart of Obama healthcare case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court confronts the core of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law on Tuesday when it hears arguments on whether Congress had the power to require most people in the United States to buy medical insurance.

The two-hour session on the second day of a historic three-day oral argument will offer a first concrete look at how the nine justices view the law Obama signed two years ago and that still divides his Democrats and rival Republicans.

Mar 27, 2012

U.S. high court moves to heart of Obama healthcare case

WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) – The Supreme Court confronts
the core of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law on Tuesday
when it hears arguments on whether Congress had the power to
require most people in the United States to buy medical
insurance.

The two-hour session on the second day of a historic
three-day oral argument will offer a first concrete look at how
the nine justices view the law Obama signed two years ago and
that still divides his Democrats and rival Republicans.

Mar 26, 2012

U.S. top court unlikely to delay Obama healthcare ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday appeared prepared to decide the fate of President Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare law soon, rather than delaying for years a ruling on the mandate that Americans buy insurance or pay a penalty.

In the first of three days of historic arguments, the justices voiced doubt that a U.S. tax law requiring that people pay first and litigate later should postpone a ruling on the legal challenge to the president’s signature domestic legislative achievement.

Mar 26, 2012

Myriad gene patent ruling sent back to lower court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday set aside a ruling that said Myriad Genetics Inc could patent two genes linked to breast and ovarian cancers, and ordered further review by a lower court in light of a conflicting ruling in a similar case.

The Myriad case has been closely watched by the biotechnology industry, with some insiders suggesting that a ruling against gene patenting could have a devastating effect on future innovation.

Mar 26, 2012

Day 1 of healthcare arguments at US Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) – Here is a snapshot of the
scene inside and outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday on the
first of three days of arguments over President Barack Obama’s
healthcare law.

* DAY ONE: The nine justices ascended the bench for the
start of six scheduled hours of hearings over three days on the
healthcare law Obama signed in 2010. Monday’s arguments lasted
89 minutes.

Mar 26, 2012

Supreme court refuses tobacco firm appeal in smoker case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court said on Monday it will not hear an appeal by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co in a Florida case in which it was ordered to pay $28.3 million to a woman whose husband died of lung cancer after decades of smoking its cigarettes.

The justices refused an appeal by the Reynolds American Inc unit, which argued that its constitutional due process rights had been violated and that the issue could affect thousands of pending cases in Florida against tobacco companies.