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Not today: Supreme Court ruling on 'Obamacare' still pending

June 18, 2012|By Paul West
  • It appears as if the Supreme Court's healthcare ruling may be pushed into next week.
It appears as if the Supreme Court's healthcare ruling may be pushed… (J. Scott Applewhite / AP…)

WASHINGTON — With the Supreme Court’s 2011-2012 term rapidly coming to a close, the release of a decision on the constitutionality of President Obama’s sweeping healthcare law is imminent — but it won’t be today.

The justices issued their latest set of decisions on Monday morning and the healthcare ruling wasn’t among them. The case is being closely monitored by both the legal and political communities, as the healthcare industry, government officials at the state and federal levels and many more.

Thursday will be the next chance for the opinion to be handed down. But most court analysts aren’t expecting it until sometime next week.  

The justices are likely to issue opinions on Monday and Thursday of next week, and possibly on other days. Thursday of next week is expected to be the last day of the term.

Historically, the court has saved many of its most momentous rulings until the final day of the term, and the healthcare case is likely to be follow that pattern.

paul.west@latimes.com

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