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Post by Mr007 on Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:35 pm

When it begins arguments in March, the Supreme Court will hear the administration's request to declare the entirety of the law constitutional, as well as two other legal questions.

The nine justices will also decide whether the entire law is invalid if the court deems the individual mandate unconstitutional, and how the law affects Medicaid, a public health program for low-income citizens.

The argument time planned for the back-to-back hearings are five-and-a half hours, the longest in modern Supreme Court history, a court spokesman said.

"The court recognised the seriousness of these vitally important constitutional challenges by allocating an extraordinary amount of time for oral argument," Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, one of the petitioners, told the Associated Press.

In September, the 11th Circuit appeal court ruled that while the individual mandate was an overreach of congressional power, the rest of the law was constitutional.

Last week, a US appeal court in Washington upheld the constitutionality of the mandate, in a split decision.



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