President Obama said Monday he was
confident that his signature health-care reform law would stand up to
legal scrutiny as the Supreme Court deliberates about the measure.
"I'm confident that this will be upheld because it should be upheld," Obama said in his first remarks since the court heard three days of arguments on the law last week.
"And again, that's not just my opinion; that's the opinion of a whole lot of constitutional law professors and academics and judges and lawyers who've examined this law, even if they're not particularly sympathetic to this particular piece of legislation or my presidency."
The nine justices are weighing whether the law that aims to extend health insurance coverage to nearly all Americans holds up to constitutional scrutiny. At the heart of the matter is whether Congress overstepped its authority in requiring all Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.
A decision is expected before the court's term ends in June. The Obama administration has refused to discuss contingencies in case the measure is struck down.
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