POSTED: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 8:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing the first of three unprecedented days of arguments on President Obama's health care reform law.
The health care debate has polarized the nation.
Now the highest court in the land is being asked to decide whether it's constitutional.
It's a fight that pits health against personal liberty and is destined to affect every man, woman, and child in this country.
The health care law was breathtaking in its scope, so is the challenge before the high court.
From the moment President Obama signed his signature health care reform law, his day was inevitable.
Now it's time for the Supreme Court to scrutinize the most sweeping legislation in a generation.
Citizens on both sides of the debate have been camping outside the high court for days. "You don't get many opportunities to witness something like this first hand," said one onlooker.
Many are hoping to catch a glimpse of an extraordinary three days of arguments destined to make legal history.
At the core of this case can congress force every American to pay for health care?
Twenty-six states are challenging the law , including Georgia.
"And we look forward to the Supreme Court - later this June - holding the act unconstitutional," said Georgia Attorney General, Sam Olens.
It's a showdown welcomed by the Obama administration.
"By the end of this decade, we're going to be glad the Republicans call this Obamacare," said Senior White House adviser David Plouffe.
In the highest court in the land, a constitutional fight over health care and the boundaries of government power.
This case won't be decided until June, but it's safe to say this case will redefine health care and sharpen the lines of government power.