Retired justice says Supreme Court likely to uphold health care law

Liz Goodwin

Ninety-one-year-old retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens told Bloomberg News that he thinks President Obama's health care law will pass constitutional muster.

He referenced a 2005 Supreme Court decision that held the federal government could outlaw state-sanctioned medical marijuana even if the substance didn't cross state lines, which was based on a broad interpretation of the commerce clause.

Stevens, who was part of the court's liberal wing, says he thinks the cases are similar. Twenty-six states have sued the federal government over the health care law. According to Kaiser Health News, four appeals courts have dismissed challenges to the law, while one has held that the law is unconstitutional.

You can read the whole Stevens interview here.