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Politico: Obama Targeting Supreme Court Conservatives On Health Law

The U.S. Supreme Court considers the health law this month. (OZinOH/flickr)

This month, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the national health law signed by President Obama in 2010.

Politico reports on the administration’s strategy targeting conservative justices on the high court, hoping that at least one of them will rule in favor of the law. Here’s a run-down of the government’s approach, including a play for Scalia:

Administration lawyers have peppered their briefs with citations to opinions written by Anthony Kennedy and Antonin Scalia, they’ve seized on the arguments made by one of Scalia’s most beloved former clerks and their allies in legal circles have talked up how a decision upholding the Affordable Care Act would play into John Roberts’s legacy as chief justice.

A long shot? Maybe, but it’s the only shot the administration has on a court dominated 5-4 by conservatives… Continue reading