Supreme Court Accepts Health Care Case
Hearings, ruling will fall in heat of 2012 election campaign
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 14, 2011 9:17 AM CST
In this photo taken Wednesday Sept. 28, 2011, the imposing facade of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The Supreme Court says it will hear arguments over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, setting up an election-year showdown over the White House's main domestic policy achievement. The justices today revealed they would take the case, meaning arguments could come in March, with a decision following in late June, just over four months before Election Day.

The health care case could be the high court's most significant and political undertaking since the 5-4 decision in Bush v. Gore nearly 11 years ago. Republicans have called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unconstitutional since before Obama signed it into law in March 2010. But federal appeals courts have been split on their assessment.
 

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