An attorney who attended oral arguments on the health care reform law’s individual mandate in the Supreme Court on March 27 says the biggest surprise was the inability of Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, representing the government, to give a coherent explanation on the limits of congressional power.

The questions on congressional power had to be expected and Verrilli could not articulate a limiting principal, says Leon Sequeira, senior counsel at Seyfarth Shaw, a law firm specializing in employment law. If the mandate is overturned, the failure to articulate would be the biggest reason why, he adds.

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