The Supreme Court’s historic hearings of the Affordable Care Act have wrapped up. The Court addressed four issues over the last three days and held a total of six hours of oral arguments.
Below is complete audio and transcripts from each set of arguments.
First, the court heard arguments about whether it can even consider the case now. Under the new law, the first penalties would be assessed in 2015 for those who do not purchase health insurance. An arcane 1867 law says people can’t sue over a tax until they pay a tax. Must the court wait until 2015 to decide whether the health law is constitutional?
You can listen to the 90 minutes of oral arguments here:
Or read on for the complete transcript as well as audio and transcripts from the other arguments:
The second set of arguments was about the heart of the law–the individual mandate. You can listen to the two hours of oral arguments here:
Or here is the individual mandate hearings transcript:
“Severability” was the third question before the Court. If the individual mandate is struck down, must the entire law be cast aside? You can listen to the oral arguments here:[audio:http://www.kqed.org/.stream/anon/radio/news/2012/healthcareWedsa.mp3]
Or read the complete transcript about “severability”:
Finally, the Court considered whether the health law’s Medicaid expansion is unconstitutional. Listen to one hour of oral arguments here:[audio:http://www.kqed.org/.stream/anon/radio/news/2012/healthcareWedsb.mp3]
And here’s the Medicaid hearings transcript: