Justices Grant Review of Key Case Testing Constitutionality of Health Law

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The U.S. Supreme Court grants review of a decision from the Eleventh Circuit that struck down a key provision of the federal health reform law relating to whether the individual mandate is a constitutionally permitted tax. The administration asked the court to review the Eleventh Circuit's ruling that Congress exceeded its powers under the Constitution when it enacted the individual mandate. The mandate, a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that would require virtually all citizens to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty, is scheduled to go into effect in 2014.