• Editorial

US Supreme Court considers Obama’s health reform law

Citation

Kamerow, D. (2011). US Supreme Court considers Obama’s health reform law. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 343, d7579. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.d7579

Abstract

The big news here last week was that the Supreme Court has agreed to consider the constitutionality of the healthcare reform law. The nine justices (there have been calls on both sides for individual justices to recuse themselves because of conflicts of interest, but apparently none will) are scheduled to hear the case in March 2012.1 They have set aside an unprecedented five and a half hours for each oral argument, indicating the importance of the issue. This would put them on a course to announce their decision in late June, right in the middle of the US presidential election campaign.