Robert Long Opens Oral Arguments With First Remarks

The Supreme Court oral arguments are now under way with Robert Long, who is arguing that litigation should be delayed until 2014, making opening remarks that lasted three minutes, reports the Wall Street Journal’s Louise Radnofsky.

He described the law as a “pay first, litigate later” law that is essential for government to function–meaning that any challenge to a tax should be litigated only after people start paying the tax.  He said there was “no reason to believe” that Congress had intended to exempt from the act the health law’s requirement that most Americans carry insurance or pay a fine after 2014.  



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