States' Medicaid Coercion Argument Sways Some Justices

Law360, New York (March 28, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's final hearing on the health care reform law packed a surprise Wednesday afternoon, as several justices suggested that they agree with an argument by the challenging states that the law's expansion of Medicaid is unconstitutionally coercive.

Chief Justice John Roberts, along with Justices Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito all appeared somewhat swayed by the states' argument. The states claim that the federal government is forcing the states to expand Medicaid to poor, childless adults by threatening to take away all...
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