Supreme Court will hear arguments over Obama’s health care overhaul

Andrew Krammer

The Supreme Court said on Monday that it will hear arguments next spring over President Obama’s health care overhaul, a policy that many say is the President’s main domestic achievement.

The decision to hear the case next March comes just months before Election Day, where a Supreme Court decision in the months following will undoubtedly play a role in the presidential debates.

The Court announced that it will hear more than five hours of oral arguments. Two hours worth will be devoted to the controversial “individual mandate” – a provision that requires individuals to have health insurance or face a penalty.

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the ruling that Congress did not overstep its authority in requiring people to have insurance or pay a penalty on their taxes, beginning in 2014.