If you’re mystified about why the Supreme Court hears so few cases these days — 75 or so annually, compared to twice that number 25 years ago — Justice Stephen Breyer says, check back a few years from now. The deficit will be over, he predicted on Thursday, because of litigation over the just-passed health care bill.

Breyer and Justice Clarence Thomas were asked about the Court’s shrunken docket at the Court’s annual budget hearing before the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on financial services and general government.

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