Read, Listen and Even Translate The Supreme Court’s Health Care Hearings

BY Joshua Barajas and Travis Daub  March 30, 2012 at 5:15 PM EDT


Opponents and supporters of the health care reform law gather outside the Supreme Court on Monday. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

In a wood-paneled conference room on the main floor of the Supreme Court, the justices gathered Friday for a secret initial vote on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

However, the official ruling on the case isn’t expected until late June. And given that the justices have the opportunity to change their minds at any point between now and then, Americans still have plenty of time to examine the audio and transcripts from this week’s hearings and make their own judgments on the eventual fate of the law.

Navigating these audio recordings and transcripts can be a challenge, so the NewsHour created these four YouTube videos — one from each of the four health care reform arguments — to make them a bit easier to follow.

In each video below, click the YouTube icon to access the video’s individualized page. You can then browse the dynamic transcripts, read along with the audio, and even translate the proceedings into several languages, including Spanish. Just click the “cc” button on the lower right-hand side of the video and select the “Translate Captions” option.

Below are all four of the audio-videos, each illustrated by the courtroom sketches of William J. Hennessy Jr.

Day 1: Jurisdiction, Tax Questions

Day 2: Individual Mandate

Day 3, Part 1: Severability

Day 3, Part 2: Medicaid Expansion


The NewsHour’s Health Page is full of related content about the health care reform law and Supreme Court case, including a timeline, a report card, a cheat sheet, and a public polling update. Read Marcia Coyle’s daily primers, watch our broadcast coverage and analysis of the proceedings and browse our photo essays of the ordinary Americans who traveled to Capitol Hill this week to support and protest the law.