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Administration attorney strains for answers on insurance mandate
Modern Healthcare

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. faced a withering barrage of questions Tuesday from Supreme Court justices about what limits would remain on congressional power if federal lawmakers can force Americans to perform an act such as purchasing health insurance.

All three attorneys supporting and opposing the individual mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act faced skeptical justices and tough questions during the two hours of arguments, but Verrilli, arguing for the Obama administration, struggled to come up with a precise definition of the principle that would limit Congress’ powers.