Here's a brief recap of yesterday's arguments before the Supreme Court, via Reason:
Today is Day Two and oral arguments made against the individual mandate may signal the end for President Obama's health care overhaul. Over at Bench Memos, NRO notes how even if -- and it's a big if -- ObamaCare stands up to legal challenges based on the Commerce Clause, this legal battle is far from over:
That’s because if the Act is allowed to go into effect, new mandates finalized by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius just a couple of weeks ago may well doom Obamacare in subsequent court challenges under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.
And as we explain below, the dirty little secret of this unconstitutional scheme is that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of your private insurance dollars.
Presidential hopefuls would do well to take heed of the messaging opportunity. The little known mandate we highlight here is distinct from the so-called contraceptive rule that has dominated in the news. No, we write today about yet another HHS rule finalized under Obamacare — one that deals with plain old elective abortion; not the abortifacient drugs covered by the so-called contraceptive mandate, but rather the surgical and chemical kind of abortion legalized by Roe v. Wade.