C-SPAN asks high court to broadcast health-care arguments

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

WASHINGTON — C-SPAN is asking the Supreme Court to let it broadcast live next spring’s arguments over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

The not-for-profit network’s CEO, Brian Lamb, made the request by letter yesterday. There was no response from the justices in time for this story.

Lamb says the health care arguments will affect “every American’s life, our economy and certainly will be an issue in the upcoming presidential campaign.”

The Supreme Court has never allowed live audio or video broadcasts. Audio recordings are released on Friday after arguments.

The justices will hear 5 1/2 hours of arguments in March over whether it was constitutional for Congress to require people to buy health insurance or pay a penalty.

C-SPAN, which stands for Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network, is best known for televising Congress.

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