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Supreme Court to review healthcare suits

Oct. 26, 2011 at 5:15 PM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court will review five of six petitions challenging President Obama's landmark healthcare reform legislation Nov. 10.

The conference will be the court's first foray into the debate over healthcare reform, and the justices could announce their decision on which briefs to take up as early as Nov. 14, The Hill reported.

The suit filed by 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business is most likely to be considered by the court, as all parties including the Obama administration have pushed for its review and a determination on whether the individual mandate to buy health insurance is constitutional.

The only suit the court said it will not review was filed by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli; a lower court has already dismissed that case.

The court could deliver its ruling within months of the 2012 presidential election, The Hill said.

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