Hurry up and keep on waiting.
The U.S. Supreme Court early Monday kept mum on a request that it consider a case that threatens to cripple Obamacare and end financial assistance to more than 4 million HealthCare.gov customers.
The high court's decision, or lack thereof, was being closely watched by Obamacare advocates, opponents, and the White House because of the risk the case poses to the Affordable Care Act.
Less than two hours after it didn't take action in the case, the Supreme Court relisted it for consideration at Friday's weekly conference of the court's justices. That means a vote on whether to take up the case would likely occur that day, although the decision would not be announced until Nov. 10.
The court may opt to delay taking the case until several federal appeals courts finish considering the key issue.
"I don't think it means anything yet other than, 'I'm going to have to agonize for a week,'" said Timothy Jost, an Obamacare expert and professor at Washington & Lee University School of Law.
The King case, as well as the three other essentially identical court challenges, claim federal subsidies that help most customers pay for health insurance premiums on HealthCare.gov are illegal under the ACA.
HealthCare.gov, which is operated by the federal government, sells private individual insurance plans in 36 states. Open enrollment on that exchange, and on the marketplaces operated by individual states, resumes Nov. 15. For now, the subsidies on HealthCare.gov remain available.