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Health Overhaul Heads to Justices

The Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the health reform legislation the president signed...
October 4, 2011

The Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the health reform legislation the president signed in March 2010. The decision from the nation's highest court is expected to be issued at the height of the 2012 presidential campaign.


Source: Wall Street Journal

For months political observers have speculated about the administration's strategy for the initiative that President Obama described as one of his greatest achievements. All of the potential Republican presidential nominees have promised to repeal the law, and both sides want the Supreme Court to consider challenges to the law as soon as possible. A ruling is now expected to be made by June 2012, which will again make healthcare one of the primary campaign issues. The Obama administration said that it expects the Supreme Court to validate the law, and compares the case to such major initiatives as the Civil Rights Act that prevailed against constitutional challenges and gained general public acceptance. White House adviser Stephanie Cutter expressed confidence that the Supreme Court would agree that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.

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