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-- bear the fate of president Obama's signature legislation could be decided by the Supreme Court just a few months before Election Day 2012.
Today the justices said they will hear arguments on the president's health care law in March that makes a ruling possible in the summer.
Correspondent Shannon Bream has more on what the court will do and reaction to today's announcement.
Early next year the Supreme Court will wade into the contentious legal battle over the president's health care law.
Including weighing the constitutionality.
Of the individual mandate which would require Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.
This -- facts every citizen.
And every business.
And the bottom line is as we've said all along it is unconstitutional.
And if the federal government can force us to do this they can force us to do.
Anything did the administration's tone with confidence about the law being upheld and implementation moving forward we're confident that the -- is constitutional will be upheld as constitutional we're eager to have states engage fully in.
Putting together exchanges -- the -- also consider several ability whether or not the rest of the law can stand on its own at the mandate is struck down.
With a decision expected by late June in the court's ruling will likely come in the midst of the 2012 battle for the White House and if the mandate is ruled unconstitutional.
Potential contenders on both sides of the ticket we'll have to defend their decisions to back the concept as state or national -- -- Romney within a Republican context.
But even president -- -- if you go far enough back when he was a candidate.
Was not officially embracing an individual mandate but it became part of the embedded fabric in in putting this -- together and then now we'll laws say it's necessary yet to do -- Just last week in a statewide referendum held in -- key battleground state Ohio voters rejected the individual mandate by a two to one margin.
Demonstrating that most of buckeye voters do not stand with the president on what is arguably his biggest legislative achievements.
And with the court now officially set to rule on the law there are new calls from various groups pressuring justice Kagan and Thomas to -- -- themselves.
Thomas because of his wife's work with groups opposed to the law and Kagan because she served as solicitor general in the Obama administration before joining the courts.
Those objecting to take its participation -- -- emails released by the Department of Justice in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
Including one between then solicitor general Kagan and Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe on the date -- house was set to vote on the Affordable Care Act Kagan wrote.
Quote I hear they have the votes Larry simply amazing.
Whether or not a justice decides to -- completely up to him or her sort of an honor system here at the court.
And so far no indication from either justice Kagan or Justice Thomas that -- -- even considering it -- -- a lot the Supreme Court tonight Shannon that.
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