“The Obama administration has shifted its legal arguments as it prepares to defend the president’s healthcare law before the Supreme Court.
Written briefs in the landmark case increasingly have focused on a part of the Constitution that didn’t get much attention in lower courts.”
“Justice has aggressively defended the mandate as its own regulation of economic activity, but is now stepping up a separate argument emphasizing that the mandate is part of a broader regulatory scheme.
The shift moves the focus of Justice’s argument from the Commerce Clause of the Constitution to the Necessary and Proper Clause, which says Congress can make laws that are necessary for carrying out its other powers.” - Obama shifts healthcare defense, thehill.com, 03/15/2012
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