The Affordable Care Act on Trial

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In the Beginning...

The mandate requiring individuals to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty doesn’t kick in until 2014. Day 1 was devoted to whether, based on the Anti-Injunction Act of 1867, the penalty assessed for people who don’t buy insurance is a tax, which Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. argued it is not. Another question posed was whether it was premature to argue for or against something that has not yet gone into effect.

(Photo: AP Photo/Dana Verkouteran)

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