Though not surprising, the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday morning that they will in fact, hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of the landmark health care reform law passed in 2010 sometime next year made news headlines.
The Justices will clear out 5 1/2 hours for oral arguments. SCOTUS experts say that's nearly an unprecedented amount of time to go back and forth regarding the crux of the matter: what are the limits on Congress' power?, as the key objection has been the individual mandate that citizens must purchase health care insurance.
Being such a highly charged issue, politicians from all across the landscape released statements regarding the Court's announcement, which experts say will be discussed sometime next spring, with the verdict coming before the Court breaks for the summer, probably the last week of June 2012.
Brad Ashwell with FPIRG, the Florida Political Interest Research Group, said,"Upholding the law would be a clear win for consumers, while overturning all or portions of the new health reform law would leave consumers paying more for coverage that might not be there for them when they get sick. The health reform law protects consumers with pre-existing conditions from being discriminated against by insurance companies, and helps rein in the out-of-control cost of health care. "