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Published On: Mon, Mar 26th, 2012

Obamacare lands in Supreme Court: may get tabled for 3 more years

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday appeared prepared to decide the fate of President Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare law rather than delaying for years a review of the mandate that Americans buy insurance or pay a penalty. – Reuters headline

The issue before the judges was whether an obscure 1867 tax law prohibits lawsuits, like the ones challenging the health care law, from going forward until someone actually pays the insurance tax penalty — the penalty for not buying health insurance, as required under the law.

That would NOT happen until 2015.

At the core of the law, signed by Obama in 2010, is a requirement that people obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty. The question on Monday was whether people can challenge this so-called individual mandate before paying the penalty and seeking a refund.

The nine justices, five appointed by Republican presidents and four by Democratic presidents, plan to hear six hours of arguments over three days. They are expected to rule on the case by late June.

After the 90-minute opening hearing, some observers felt the Court would ultimately be unanimous in ruling that the health law challenges before them Tuesday and Wednesday should go forward.

Sources: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/03/26/supreme-court-signals-health-care-case-wont-be-held-up-over-technicality/#ixzz1qFJFiEc4

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/03/26/supreme-court-signals-health-care-case-wont-be-held-up-over-technicality/#ixzz1qFIj3iMq

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