Supreme Court health care arguments under way

MARK SHERMAN Associated Press Published:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has begun hearing arguments over the fate of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law.

The nine justices began hearing arguments a little after 10 a.m. EDT after Chief Justice John Roberts announced the day's decisions by the court on other cases.

The justices are considering the constitutionality of a provision requiring individuals to have health insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty. Two federal appeals courts have upheld the law. Another appeals court struck down only the insurance mandate, and one said a tax law makes it premature to decide the merits until the main coverage provisions take effect in 2014.

The justices are hearing six hours of arguments this week. Monday's discussion is over whether the lawsuit is premature.