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.