Congressman Schock sits in on Obamacare hearings

By WEEK Producer

March 27, 2012 Updated Mar 28, 2012 at 10:43 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In Washington it was day two of The Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka "Obamacare" in front of the Supreme Court.

The court got to the crux: whether the president's health care plan, that requires all of us to buy insurance coverage, is constitutional.

Congressman Aaron Schock had a front row seat at Tuesday's hearings.

It's estimated that about 40 million people are uninsured.

Those against the law, including congressman Schock, say a majority of those are young people don't want health care.

Those in favor say it is not a matter of whether people need healthcare but when they will need it.

Congressman Schock says the key to a better plan starts with giving individuals more control over how the dollars are spent on health care.

"Second, we need comprehensive tort reform that will limit the kind of defensive medicine and unnecessary medicine that's ordered and consumed in our country, which will help bring down costs," said Schock. "And finally, we need greater competition within the insurance industry and we do that by allowing interstate purchasing of insurance."

After listening to Tuesday's arguments, Congressman Schock says he doesn't know how the court will rule.

He described his experience listening to the justices and attorneys as fascinating.

While it was quiet most of the time, he says the court would break out in laughter as the justices made jokes and poked fun at one other.

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