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The Supreme Court will decide the constitutionality of the sweeping healthcare reform approved by Congress last year. The high court will decide if the law's individual mandate requiring everyone to have health insurance by 2014, is within the power of Congress. OSU Cascades Political Science Professor, Jim Foster, says this ruling will have a profound effect on the history making legislation. “If you don't hold up the mandate, it basically guts the financing regime out of it. It’s like a house of cards. You pull out one card. It legally remains, but technically, that's the fundraising keystone and it will cause all kind of collapse.” The high court will hear arguments in March and will make a decision by the summer recess in June,  just a few months before the Presidential election. Foster expects this to be another 5 to 4 vote, with Justice Anthony Kennedy as the swing vote.

 

 

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