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Justices take on healthcare reform law’s 1st issue: What’s a tax?
Los Angeles Times

The Supreme Court devoted 90 minutes Monday to arguments on a question about the 2010 healthcare reform law that is deceptively simple: Does the Anti-Injunction Act bar courts from reviewing the legality of the individual mandate before it takes effect?

The Anti-Injunction Act is a federal law from 1867 that forbids courts to consider lawsuits that try to prevent a tax from going into effect. The point was to postpone any challenge to a new tax until after people started paying it.