Georgia Department of Law, from the office of Samuel S. Olens, Attorney General


Attorney General Sam Olens to Represent Georgia at Historic Healthcare Oral Argument before U.S. Supreme Court

March 23, 2012

Attorney General Sam Olens, 25 other attorneys general, the National Federation of Independent Business and four individual plaintiffs will begin oral argument to defend Americans’ individual liberty before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, March 26. The Supreme Court has allotted an unprecedented six hours of time for oral argument, which will conclude on Wednesday, March 28. Paul Clement, former U.S. Solicitor General, will argue on behalf of the states. Attorney General Olens will be one of six attorneys general present for Monday’s argument.

“Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear one of the most consequential Constitutional questions of our lifetime: whether or not the Congress has the power to force individuals to purchase a product,” said Olens. “The Constitution clearly places limits on the authority of the federal government, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act flagrantly exceeds that authority. This case will determine if the federalist system, as envisioned by our Founding Fathers, remains intact or if there is no limit to the power of the federal government to regulate personal decisions of citizens, such as healthcare. I look forward to representing Georgia at this historic argument.”

The argument schedule is as follows:   

  • Monday, March 26, 10 a.m. 
    • The Court will hear 90 minutes of argument on the federal Anti-Injunction Act.
  • Tuesday, March 27, 10 a.m.
    • The Court will hear two hours of argument on the constitutionality of the individual mandate.
  • Wednesday, March 28, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    • At 10 a.m., the Court will hear 90 minutes on the issue of severability.
    • At 1 p.m., the Court will hear one hour of argument on expansion of Medicaid programs.

The Court is expected to issue a decision by the end of June 2012. For more information on the health care lawsuit, please visit