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Transcript of Wednesday's arguments on Medicaid expansion

Transcript of Wednesday's arguments on Medicaid expansion

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IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - xFLORIDA, ET AL. :Petitioners : No. 11-400v. :DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND :HUMAN SERVICES, ET AL., :- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - xWashington, D.C.Wednesday, March 28, 2012The above-entitled matter came on for oralargument before the Supreme Court of the United Statesat 1:00 p.m.APPEARANCES:PAUL D. CLEMENT, ESQ., Washington, D.C.; on behalf ofPetitioners.DONALD B. VERRILLI, JR., ESQ., Solicitor General,Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.; on behalf ofRespondents.1
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ORAL ARGUMENT OF PAGEPAUL D. CLEMENT, ESQ.On behalf of the Petitioners 3ORAL ARGUMENT OFDONALD B. VERRILLI, JR., ESQ.On behalf of the Respondents 40REBUTTAL ARGUMENT OFPAUL D. CLEMENT, ESQ.On behalf of the Petitioners 812
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P R O C E E D I N G S(1:00 p.m.)CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: We will continueargument this afternoon in Case 11-400,Florida v. Department of Health and Human Services.Mr. Clement.ORAL ARGUMENT OF PAUL D. CLEMENTON BEHALF OF THE PETITIONERMR. CLEMENT: Mr. Chief Justice, and may itplease the Court:The constitutionality of the Act's massiveexpansion of Medicaid depends on the answer to tworelated questions. First, is the expansion coercive?And, second, does that coercion matter?JUSTICE KAGAN: Mr. Clement, can I ask youjust a matter of clarification? Would you be making thesame argument if, instead of the Federal Governmentpicking up 90 percent of the cost, the FederalGovernment picked up 100 percent of the cost?MR. CLEMENT: Justice Kagan, if everythingelse in the statute remained the same, I would be makingthe exact same argument.JUSTICE KAGAN: The exact same argument. Sothat really reduces to the question of why is a big giftfrom the Federal Government a matter of coercion? In3
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