Transcript for Obama Health Care: Supreme Court to Decide
The Supreme Court will weigh in on a lightning rod issue whether the president's health care law is constitutional. Question that a -- heated debates on both sides. A Supreme Court ruling being heralded as the most important since bush vs gore in 2000. Not to mention the decision will come during the heat of the presidential race here's ABC's Jake Tapper. It has been a tumultuous journey for the president's health care law. From the passions of opponents in the August 2009 congressional town halls there. I don't know I don't -- it. -- unanimous Republican opposition in congress. Three do everything that we care to make sure that Obama -- ever never ever is fully implement. And now to the serene but momentous US Supreme Court which will host a staggering five and a half hours of oral arguments in March. And in June the court will either uphold. -- strike down a key part of a law. Just five months before the presidential election. At issue -- revision of the law known as the individual mandate which requires every uninsured American to buy health insurance by 2014. Or pay a penalty. You can't -- -- free rider on her body else you can't not have health insurance then go to the emergency room. Each of us now have to pay the premiums. -- -- Lawyers representing 26 states say the federal government has no right to tell people what to buy the health care law is tremendously unpopular. With a new high of 51%. Of Americans viewing it unfavorably. And a new low of 34%. Approving of it. And Diane as for the political ramifications of this with a decision possibly coming down. In the middle of the presidential election campaign season White House officials say they're confident. That the Supreme Court will uphold the constitutionality of a law but they argue with some positive spin if they do strike it down. It could give Democrats a rallying cry for the November elections giving Democrats something. To fight for that's there. Optimistic view of a possible defeat and. Kate taken just to make it clear you're not just sunning yourself on the beach I'll tell everyone why you are in Hawaii tonight -- the -- -- but Jake is traveling with the president who attended the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation conference. And we love looking of the so called family photos of world leaders but. Look at something different what's missing. The traditional attire from the host country and world leaders usually Wear 1994 take a look. Bill Clinton in -- -- In Indonesia in the 2001 President Bush and China wearing his silk jacket. Three years later a poncho in Chile and in 2009 President Obama wearing a tunic and Singapore but this year. A -- tradition no grass skirts now Hawaiian shirts and a coconut products. The White House reportedly concerned those out that fits distract from the serious issues being tackled that these summits.
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