Senators ask Supreme Court to broadcast Obamacare ruling

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Two U.S. senators are calling on the Supreme Court to consider a live broadcast of its ruling on President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy and Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley — chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, respectively — sent a letter Tuesday to Chief Justice John Roberts making the request.

“Given the fundamental constitutional questions raised and the effects the decision will have, the Court should be aware of the great interest Americans have in the outcome of this case,” Grassley and Leahy wrote.

Twenty-eight states have challenged the constitutionality of the law. The Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling within the next two weeks.

“Broadcasting the Court’s ruling would permit millions of citizens the opportunity to view what so few can from the court’s small and limited public gallery,” said the senators. “Modern technology makes televising the proceedings simple and unobtrusive.” (RELATED: Howard Dean: Obama did a ‘bad bad thing’ with the individual mandate)

“We believe permitting the nation to watch the proceedings would bolster public confidence in our judicial system and in the decisions of the court,” they said.

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