After watching this video, it’s safe to say that Rep. Gowdy utterly dismantled HHS Secretary Sebelius’ testimony:
Rep. Gowdy went through a series of SCOTUS cases where religious institutions filed lawsuits in instances where the public policy seemed to be a good idea. In each case, the religious institution won the case because the law violated the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.
When Ms. Sebelius admitted that she didn’t rely on legal precedent or a memo from DoJ, Rep. Gowdy had pretty much reached his game, set, match point, aka checkmate.
That’s why I’ll be surprised if SCOTUS doesn’t strike down, at minimum, the individual and employer mandates. It might also rule that the whole thing is unconstitutional because there isn’t a severability clause in the legislation, though that’s more in doubt.
I’m just disappointed that Rep. Gowdy’s cross-examination didn’t happen prior to oral arguments. It would’ve made for additional interesting questioning from the justices.