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Scalia Could Be Unlikely Health Law Ally

Bloomberg: Scalia Courted As Unlikely U.S. High Court Ally On Obama Health-Care Law
The fate of President Barack Obama's health-care law may hinge on the administration's ability to enlist an unlikely ally: Justice Antonin Scalia, the pillar of the U.S. Supreme Court's conservative wing. ... The Obama administration needs the vote of at least one of the five Republican appointees on the nine-member court to uphold the law and its requirement that everyone get insurance. It is appealing to Scalia based on the justice's own words from a 2005 opinion in an unrelated case affirming the federal government's power to control locally grown medical marijuana (Stohr, 2/23).

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