Ohio’s attorney general is in Washington D.C., watching the U.S. Supreme Court hear oral arguments about the constitutionality of the national health care law. Mike DeWine has a stake in the outcome. He’s one of 26 state attorneys-general who have challenged the law, claiming the federal government is over-stepping its authority when it orders virtually everyone to have medical insurance. DeWine is rooting for the justices to throw out that key provision, but he admits it’s hard to figure out how the court will eventually rule. He says sometimes judges who are liberal or conservative come down on the side you wouldn’t expect.
On day one of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing, about 30 demonstrators protested outside DeWine’s office in downtown Columbus as they called for the law to be upheld. Last week, a few hundred demonstrators took the opposite view a half-mile away, as they called for the high court to strike down the new law.