FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Expect the Supreme Court to light up the 2012 presidential race when it rules on President Obama's health care law just months before the election.
The high court has agreed to decide the constitutionality of the president's signature piece of legislation. The legal challenge comes from a joint filing by 26 states led by Florida.
The justices will hear two major questions:
Whether the so-called individual mandate is unconstitutional - can the government force you to buy insurance? And if so, whether the entire 2,000-plus page law should be scrapped.
The Supreme Court will hear arguments in late February or March and rule by June. If they strike it down, it would be a huge embarrassment for President Obama.
Yet the White House says it's confident the law will be found constitutional, and Politico reports that the president is so confident that he didn't even try to stop the Supreme Court from fast-tracking the case.
Mr. Obama is gambling that if the court upholds the law, it will validate his epic, two-year battle with Congress. And if they strike it down, it will fire up the Democratic base and energize party donors.
But there are also risks: If the court upholds the law, it could fire up the president's opposition even more. Remember the tea party?
The revival of the health care debate could also hurt the president in some swing states where his health care push alienated Independents.
Finally, if President Obama can't run on health care, it's not exactly like he can run on the economy or cutting the national debt.
Here's my question to you: What will it mean to President Obama if the Supreme Court overturns his health care law?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Ann in Charleston, South Carolina:
President Obama will be heart-broken, and it will probably cost him the election. He will get over it. The more important question is: What will it mean for the 50 million Americans who cannot afford health insurance?
David in Springfield, Missouri:
Jack, It will mean we are free at last of the oppressive nanny state dream that did not work in Europe - and will not work here.
Tom in Maine:
Everyone has noticed by now that there is no health panel killing grandmothers. Parents are seeing the benefits, such as coverage of young people. If Affordable Health Care is ruled unconstitutional, the public will demand a reinstatement of it in a form the Court will allow.
Sue in Knoxville, Tennessee:
In a word, TOAST! Instead of building a consensus, Mr. Obama chose to push it down our throats. Some provisions are good, but for the most part it's a mess!
Willy in Texas:
It means Obama’s next big project will be building his library.
Health care is Obama's only success story of his administration. It means he will leave office with having accomplished little - except insulting the prime minister of Israel.