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D.C.'s Hottest Ticket: The Supreme Court Health-Care Case

Limited seating for the health-care case has Washington in a frenzy
D.C.'s Hottest Ticket: The Supreme Court Health-Care Case
Photo Illustration by 731; Scotus: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images; Chair: Jon Boyes/Getty Images

Since February, Texas Congressman Michael Burgess has been on edge waiting to find out whether he’d score the ultimate get this year in the nation’s capital: a ticket to the oral arguments in the Supreme Court health-care reform case, which begin on March 26.

A former obstetrician-gynecologist and founder of the House of Representatives’ Health Care Caucus, Burgess, a Republican, was so opposed to the law that he co-sponsored the 2011 Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. On March 19, less than a week before the case’s start date, he still had no idea if he’d get a seat. “For this member of Congress,” Burgess says, “it’s been a mysterious process.”