Supreme Court considering president's health care plan

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - In the court of public opinion, many people have already made up their minds about the mandatory health care plan that could be forever coined ObamaCare.

"I don't think you should be forced," says Gary Warnekie of Charlotte. "It's a free country, you know?"

"I think there's a lot more right to the bill than wrong with it," argues Shirone Johnson, also of Charlotte.

The highest court in the country, though, is still considering whether the president's plan is legal.  With piles of protestors and advocates outside their door, Supreme Court justices started the unusual step of listening to lawyers.

They'll hear arguments for three days, taking extra precautions because unlike some of their decisions...this will affect every single American.

"I think it's probably one of the most significant decisions probably in the last fifty years," says political analyst Mark Kelso, of Queens College. "They have to be very careful on how they end up ruling one way or the other because the precedents they set could fundamentally alter our governmental system."

He says a nod means we'll see the federal government grow more powerful - more expansive - than ever.  But if the court rejects the plan, we could lose several popular mandates already in place.

"Children can stay on their parents insurance until the age of can't discriminate because of pre-existing conditions," Kelso says. "Those things would be gone if they say the whole law has to go."

There could be a third option.

The court could rule that part of the plan is unconstitutional, but not all of it.  But payment for the plan does hinge on getting millions on board.

So if justices say the government can't make people buy health insurance, what happens to the rest of the law?

Lawyers will debate that point before the justices, too.