Supreme Court meets today to mull expedited hearing for ObamaCare challenge 

Today the U.S. Supreme Court will meet to consider whether to expedite the Virginia-based challenge to the national health care law's individual mandate.

It's rare for the Supreme Court to expedite cases because justices generally prefer to have the benefit of looking at the decisions of the appeals' courts as well as letting the arguments mature as they move up the judicial ladder. But in this case, the uncertainty regarding the constitutionality of the health care law is causing problems for governors who have to decide whether to start implementing aspects of the law. If they proceed with implementation and it's ruled unconstitutional, all that money will be wasted.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has said he expects the Supreme Court to announce its decision either today or Monday.

Expediting a case requires the votes of four justices.

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