On Monday morning, the Supreme Court announced that it will consider the constitutionality of the Obama health care reform law this term, guaranteeing a decision on the landmark legislation by the end of June, right in the middle of the 2012 election campaign. The administration seems fairly confident that the court won't, in fact, overturn the law. It has asked for an expedited review of the legal challenges, and, like the law's opponents, it has pressed the court to settle the matter as soon as possible so states can move forward with implementing the law.
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The Supreme Court’s review of the U.S. health-care overhaul all but guarantees a legacy-shaping ruling for both President Barack Obama and Chief Justice John Roberts.
The court’s ruling will help determine Obama’s political future as he seeks re-election in November. The court could burnish Obama’s credentials as a problem-solver or leave him to go before the electorate stripped of his signature legislative achievement.
A federal appeals court in Washington upheld the Obama administration’s health care law on Tuesday in a decision written by a prominent conservative jurist.
The decision came as the Supreme Court is about to consider whether to take up challenges to the Affordable Care Act, a milestone legislative initiative of the administration.
"Lower courts have rightly recognized that the text of Article I grants Congress power to regulate interstate commerce and to tax and spend to promote the general welfare," Wydra said in a statement. "While Congress's authority has limits, the powers expressly granted to Congress are nonetheless broad and substantial and provide the national government the authority to solve national problems, such as health care."
The announcement from the US Supreme Court about considering the health-care law was greeted across the ideological spectrum as a positive development – but for different reasons.
By Warren Richey, Christian Science Monitor
By Adam Serwer
The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would hear a challenge to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, either vindicating or dealing a death blow to the Obama administration's signature domestic policy accomplishment before the 2012 election. Or there's a third option: The court could kick the can down the road.
Ruling on individual mandates to come months before 2012 elections
BY JOSEPH STRAW
WASHINGTON - The nation's highest court will weigh in on President Obama's landmark health care law in the midst of the 2012 election.
Of all the possible outcomes being tossed around as the Affordable Care Act litigation heads for Supreme Court consideration, one is usually overlooked: If the court upholds the act’s constitutionality and its “individual mandate,” it could sound the death knell for the tea party.
By: Jennifer Haberkorn
The nine Supreme Court justices could decide as soon as Thursday whether — and how — to wade into the politically charged legal waters of health reform.
The Obama administration has asked the court to jump in, so it appears more than likely the justices will agree to decide whether the health law’s requirement that nearly all Americans obtain insurance is constitutional.
The justices will have to decide which of four pending cases challenging the individual mandate the court should hear and whether to take up other aspects of the law as well.
By Ariane de Vogue
In a victory for the Obama administration, the D.C. Court of Appeals has upheld the constitutionality of a key provision of the health care law.
The 2-1 decision is sure to embolden the Obama administration because it was written by Laurence H. Silberman, a Ronald Reagan appointee, who is considered one of the leading conservative jurists on the bench.
On November 8, 2011, CAC's Chief Counsel Elizabeth Wydra appeared on NPR's All Things Considered to discuss the constitutionality of the health care reform law. Listen to her comments here.
By NEDRA PICKLER