Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Medicaid argument going long

The justices have given the attorneys some extra time, and the argument should be concluding right about now.

Some tough questioning of the SG from the conservatives, but early reports seem to indicate that the Medicaid expansion is reasonably safe. Here are two reports from Tom Goldstein of SCOTUSblog:
Paul Clement is done with his 30 minutes. The left is all over him for his argument against the expansion, but that is no surprise. The right was not critical but it’s too early to tell if there is actual support. That’s next. 
6 hours wasn’t enough. The Court has added roughly 20 minutes to the Medicaid argument by keeping Clement up for an extra 10. So far in the SG’s argument, significant pressure from the conservatives to acknowledge some line beyond which threats to funding are coercive. But no strong questions that this particular extension goes too far. So far, it looks safe.