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"Day three" Continued...

The two main lawyers in the cases over the three days, Clement and Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. for the government, concluded by stepping back from the legal minutia to talk about the healthcare law in broad terms.

With emotion, Verrilli said the healthcare law was all about "liberty," and that millions "will be unshackled from the disabilities that those diseases put on them and have the opportunity to enjoy the blessings of liberty."

Clement rejoined. "When you support a policy, you think that the policy spreads the blessings of liberty," he said. "But I would respectfully suggest that it's a very funny conception of liberty that forces somebody to purchase an insurance policy whether they want it or not. And it's a very strange conception of federalism that says that we can simply give the states an offer that they can't refuse."

Roberts thanked the lawyers and concluded the three days of hearings by saying, "The case is submitted." A decision on all the major issues the court considered this week is expected by late June.

Read Emily Belz's Web Extra reports on the first and second day of arguments.

Listen to a report on the Supreme Court hearings on WORLD's radio news magazine The World and Everything in It.

Emily Belz
Emily Belz

Emily, who has covered everything from political infighting to pet salons for The Indianapolis Star, The Hill, and the New York Daily News, reports for WORLD Magazine from New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.


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