High court could soon decide whether to review health reform law

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Nov. 7, 2011

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The U.S. Supreme Court could decide as early as Nov. 10 whether to review pending lawsuits against the Obama administration over the health system reform law.

Justices will review petitions pertaining to challenges to the law during a conference that day. On Sept. 28, the Justice Dept. asked the high court to evaluate a 26-state challenge to the law. A panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that a requirement for individuals to obtain health coverage was unconstitutional but concluded that the rest of the law remained in force.

The administration had the option of requesting another review by the full appeals court but petitioned the high court to resolve the dispute, likely meaning a final decision before the 2012 elections if justices decide to hear the issue. Several opponents of the law also have petitioned the high court for a review. Judges will decide which challenges to examine and could consolidate more than one case.

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