Prior to oral arguments before the Supreme Court on the health care reform law starting on March 26, there was speculation the court could use the first day’s argument to decide not to issue a ruling this year. Now, the speculation is that the court is determined to rule this summer, according to published reports.

The question on Day 1 was the constitutionality of issuing a penalty on 2015 income tax returns against individuals who do not obtain health insurance by 2014. The federal Anti-Injunction Act of 1867 prohibits legal challenges until taxpayers start to pay a penalty, and the possibility exists that the Court could put off definitive rulings on reform until 2015. But the justices on March 26 did not seem inclined to move in that direction, the Washington Post and CNN, among others, report.

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