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|Looking to a Supreme Court decision in the health care case months away, President Barack Obama has locked horns with Chief Justice John Roberts over how historically significant a decision striking down the mandate would be.
"We have not seen a Court overturn a law that was passed by Congress on a economic issue, like health care, that I think most people would clearly consider commerce -- a law like that has not been overturned at least since Lochner," Obama told reporters on Tuesday, defending his Affordable Care Act in the face of news stories predicting a loss at the high court. "So we're going back to the '30s, pre-New Deal."
Lochner. It's a name familiar to lawyers, but barely known to the general public. Referring to a 1905 Supreme Court case, Lochner v. New York, that struck down a state law capping bakers' weekly hours...