02 Oct '11, 7am

Health care tops US Supreme Court docket

Health care tops US Supreme Court docket

WASHINGTON: Profanity on television, police use of GPS without a warrant, and the status of Jerusalem on passports are grist for the new US Supreme Court session opening Monday, but the main event will be President Barack Obama's landmark health care reform. The nine justices on the highest court in the land already have 50 cases on the table for the new session, which runs until the end of June 2012. The court has dealt with up to 75 cases in past sessions, so the extra space could be interpreted as the court leaving extra room for the sweeping health care reform that Obama championed and signed into law in early 2010. Ilya Shapiro, an expert on the court at the libertarian Cato Institute, in Washington, described health care as "the so-called elephant in the room," overshadowing all other cases. "This is definitely the issue of this term," said Michael Carvin, a leading ...

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