Audio of Supreme Court health care arguments to be available

WASHINGTON (AP) -- People will be able to eventually listen to, but not watch oral arguments in the Supreme Court this week over a key provision of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

The court plans to release the audio several hours after completion of the day's arguments. But the justices rejected a request from a number of lawmakers to also release video.

And while the formal arguments are off-limits to cameras, they'll be set up outside where the public debate is likely to get a lot louder starting tomorrow as supporters and opponents compete for public attention during the three days of oral arguments.

The central issue is whether the federal government can require individuals to obtain health insurance or face penalties.

Polls show Americans are as divided as ever but experts say the only opinions that matters now are those of the nine justices.


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