Supreme Court appears sharply split in case on health law

SCOTUS FINAL copy copyThe New York Times

The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed bitterly divided during heated arguments over the fate of President Obama’s health care law.

As expected, the court’s four liberal members voiced strong support for the administration’s position. But the administration must almost certainly capture the vote of either Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. or Justice Anthony M. Kennedy to prevail.

The chief justice said almost nothing.

Justice Kennedy asked questions suggesting that he was uncomfortable with the administration’s reading of the statute. But he added that the challengers’ reading posed problems, too.

“Your argument raises a serious constitutional question,” he told their lawyer.

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