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Supremes could take up health care case next month

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court could decide as early as next month whether to take up a challenge to the federal health care law and its mandate that individuals carry health care insurance.

Parties challenging the constitutionality of the law have asked the Court to rule that the individual mandate violates the Commerce Clause, and have also urged the Court to hold that the provision cannot be severed from the rest of the law, thus constitutionally dooming it in its entirely. The Obama administration has also sought certiorari, asking the Court to rule that Congress acted within its Commerce Clause power when passing the statute.

The Associated Press reports that the justices will consider challenges to the law from several different circuits during its Nov. 10. conference. The justices could either decide to add the case to its docket, deny certiorari, or push off the decision to a later conference.

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