The E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse that houses the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) — The full U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington will rehear a case on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act tax subsidies, a move that may reduce the chances of a new Supreme Court showdown over a central element of the law.

A rehearing sets up the possibility that the full court will reverse the ruling of a three-judge panel, nullifying a decision that conflicts with a ruling by another appeals court, in Richmond, Virginia.

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