The case could end before it gets very far. The Supreme Court began the constitutional review of the sweeping health-care law Monday, but the first arguments heard were about whether the court has the right to make a decision right now. An obscure 19th-century law called the Anti-Injunction Act states that the court cannot rule on a law until its key provisions go into effect, which for the health-care act won’t be until 2014. But both sides—the Obama administration and the states challenging the law—want the court to hear the case now, though the justices might not agree.
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