The Supreme Court will hear six hours of arguments over three days about four questions involving the 26-state challenge to Obamacare. Here is a quick guide to what you need to know to follow the case, which former attorney general Ed Meese has called “the most important case to come before the court in 100 years.”
10 a.m. Monday: 90 minutes on whether the fine associated with the individual mandate is a penalty or a tax. If it’s a penalty, then the court can proceed with deciding whether the mandate is constitutional. If the justices decide it’s a tax, we’ll have to wait until someone who doesn’t buy health insurance in 2014 pays the “tax” in 2015, when the legal challenge must start all over again.
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