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Health-Care Ruling May Delay Final Answer From U.S. High Court
San Francisco Chronicle

A federal appeals court decision cast doubt on the prospect that the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul before the 2012 elections.

The three-judge panel said yesterday it didn’t yet have the power to consider a challenge to the law’s requirement that Americans, by 2014, either acquire health insurance or pay a penalty. The court ruled that judicial review must wait for the assessment of a fine — something that wouldn’t occur until the following year.