Supreme Court extends arguments on health care

CBS News reports:

“WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has added another 30 minutes to upcoming arguments over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

The sessions now will span six hours over three days in late March.

The justices on Tuesday set aside 30 more minutes – 90 minutes overall – for discussion of the effect on the health care case of a federal law intended to make tax collections run smoothly. That law forces people who want to challenge taxes to pay them first. Supreme Court takes new affirmative action case.

The court also will hear two hours of argument on the law’s

requirement that most people purchase insurance or pay a penalty beginning in 2014; 90 minutes on whether the rest of the law can remain in place if the individual insurance requirement falls; and an hour on the expansion of Medicaid program.

The Obama administration and challengers of the president’s health care overhaul had pushed for Supreme Court consideration of the law in March.

Having the case argued in March, instead of April, gives the justices an extra month to write their opinions in what is expected to be the most significant Supreme Court case in recent years.”