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Obama confident high court will uphold health care law

The Supreme Court has several options in ruling on President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, from upholding the law to striking it down in its entirety. The court also could avoid deciding the law’s constitutionality at all if it finds the lawsuits challenging the law are premature. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he is confident the Supreme Court will uphold his health care overhaul. He says his administration is “not spending a whole lot of time planning for contingencies” in the event that the law is struck down.

The president was asked about the future of the law, which faced a skeptical reaction from conservative justices during oral arguments before the Supreme Court last week.

Obama told newspaper executives at the annual meeting of The Associated Press that he doesn’t expect the court to strike the law down because, in his words, “they take their responsibilities very seriously.”

Obama said the nation’s high court has exercised “restraint” and “deference” to Congress in economic cases in the past. He expects it to handle this situation the same way.

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