During oral arguments on the constitutionality of the health care reform law’s individual mandate before the Supreme Court on March 27, a major focus was the question of limits to federal power in the Constitution.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often is a swing vote on the divided court, expressed substantial misgivings about the individual mandate. Before he aired his concerns, there was some back-and-forth debating between U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, representing the plaintiffs, and Justices Antonin Scalia and John Roberts.

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