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High Court Sets March Dates For Health Law Arguments

March 27 will be the day for two hours of arguments over the provision, which starting in 2014 will require most Americans to carry health insurance or pay a penalty. The high court is expected to announce its decision by the end of June.

The New York Times' The Caucus: Supreme Court To Hear Health Care Case In Late March
The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would devote three days in late March to hearing arguments in challenges to the 2010 health care overhaul law. A decision in the case is expected by the end of June (Liptak, 12/19).

The Wall Street Journal: High Court To Hear Health-Care Case In March
A typical case is allotted an hour for argument, but the court scheduled five and a half hours for the health-care case, reflecting how novel some of the questions are and the importance of a dispute that could define the limits of federal power for decades to come. The main part will take place on Tuesday, March 27, with a two-hour argument over the minimum-coverage provision, which starting in 2014 will require most Americans to carry health insurance or pay a penalty (Bravin, 12/20).

Los Angeles Times: Supreme Court To Hear Arguments In March On Healthcare Law
The Supreme Court announced Monday that it would hear arguments over three days in late March to decide the constitutionality of President Obama's healthcare law, another sign the justices see the case as a once-in-a-generation test of the federal government's regulatory power. The 51/2 hours of argument are believed to be the most time devoted to a single case since the 1960s (Savage, 12/19).

Politico: Supreme Court Sets Health Care Arguments For March
The health care showdown of 2012 has been scheduled. The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear three days of oral arguments on various pieces of the health reform law on March 26, 27 and 28 — just days after the law's two-year anniversary (Haberkorn, 12/19).

Reuters: Supreme Court Sets Obama Healthcare Arguments
Oral arguments on President Barack Obama's sweeping U.S. healthcare overhaul will last 5-1/2 hours spread over three days from March 26-28, the Supreme Court said on Monday. The Supreme Court last month agreed to hear the 5-1/2 hours of oral arguments, one of the lengthiest arguments in recent years. There have been similar marathon sessions in a handful of big cases dating back over the past 70 years (Vicini, 12/19).

Bloomberg: Health-Care Hearing Before U.S. Supreme Court Scheduled For March 26-28
The U.S. Supreme Court said it will hear arguments on President Barack Obama's health-care law over three days, from March 26 to March 28. Releasing a schedule today that has few, if any, precedents in modern court history, the justices left room to expand the 5 1/2 hours they already allotted for argument. The high court generally hears arguments for a single hour in each case (Stohr, 12/19).

The Associated Press: Court Schedules Week Of Health Care Arguments
The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will use an unprecedented week's worth of argument time in late March to decide the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul before the 2012 presidential elections. The high court scheduled arguments for March 26th, 27th and 28th over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which aims to provide health insurance to more than 30 million previously uninsured Americans. The arguments fill the entire court calendar that week with nothing but debate over Obama's signature domestic health care achievement (Holland, 12/19).

Fox News: Supreme Court Schedules Health Care Cases
The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear a series of cases regarding President Obama's signature health care law between March 26-28. Four hearings are scheduled on different aspects of the law. March 26th – Anti-Injunction Act issue (1 hr) 10am March 27th – Individual Mandate (2 hrs) 10am March 28th – Severability (90 mins) 10am; Medicaid issue (1 hr) 1pm. Speaking to Fox News Radio, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who spurred the 26-state lawsuit, said the amount of time dedicated to arguments indicates how seriously the high court takes the constitutional questions pertaining to the law (12/19).

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