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Obama’s Health Care Law On Trial

March 26, 2012 by staff 

Obama’s Health Care Law On Trial, The Supreme Court took a step closer Monday to ruling on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s landmark health care law, with the justices giving no outward sign that they were inclined to sidestep the bitterly contentious issue ahead of the November elections.

As hundreds of demonstrators marched and chanted outside the templelike court building a stone’s throw from Congress, the nine black-robed justices heard roughly 90 minutes of argument. Monday’s hearings focused on whether the monetary penalty imposed on those who do not purchase insurance is a “tax.” Under the Anti-Injunction Act, individuals must pay a tax before they can challenge it in court. This would require the court to hold off ruling on the law until it is in full effect in 2015.

Some experts have called the Anti-Injunction Act a face-saving escape clause allowing the court to set aside the explosive issue until after the elections, but the justices themselves did not seem to want to avoid the fray.

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