WASHINGTON — A skeptical Supreme Court on Tuesday sized up the signature provision of President Obama's health care law: the requirement that nearly every American buy health insurance.
The court's verdict might not come until June, but pundits and reporters raced onto the airwaves after two hours of arguments to predict that the so-called individual mandate might be dead.
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin called the argument "a train wreck for the Obama administration."
The president's lawyer had been expected to face tough questioning over what challengers believe is an unprecedented expansion of Congress' power. And yet, almost from the first word, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli had difficulty making his case.
He appeared to be distracted, interrupted himself and started again, and had to take a break to get a drink of water.
Conservative Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia