Day 3 - No Clear Signal on Severability
The last morning of hearings on ObamaCare Wednesday focused on, if the court stikes down the individual mandate, whether the whole law should be thrown out or just the mandate.
The four liberal justices were skeptical about tossing out the sweeping law that has hundreds of other provisions aimed at stemming soaring healthcare costs and expanding coverage - some of which are already in effect.
Chief Justice John Roberts, leader of the conservative five-member wing of the court, questioned how they could discern the intent of Congress when it dually titled the law "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." And one of the other conservatives on the court,
Justice Antonin Scalia, made clear that he believed if the justices strike down the individual mandate, the entire law must go. "My approach would be if you take the heart out of the statute, the statute is gone."