US Supreme Court to hear legal challenges to the health care law

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  • 11/14/2011
From the pages of National Journal:

The Supreme Court said on Monday it would consider the challenge to last year's health care reform law, setting up a major ruling on the Obama administration's signature legislative achievement just months before the presidential election.

The case is likely to be heard in March, meaning that a final decision is likely at the end of the Court’s term, in June.

Apparently in recognition of the complexity of the issues presented by the cases, the Court has asked for an unusual amount of time for oral arguments. The order said the court would listen to five and a half hours of arguments—a rare departure from its usual practice of allocating an hour to hear a case.

The Court has asked lawyers to answer four legal questions about the law in their briefs, signaling that it will issue rulings on each of them.

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