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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Day 2 of ACA Arguments

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments today on the Minimum Coverage Provision (individual mandate) of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). ACA challengers, including 26 states and the national Federation of Independent Business, claim the individual mandate is unconstitutional. This provision of the law is viewed by many as one of the most controversial. Reports from the court indicate conservative justices have raised concerns that forcing Americans to purchase health care coverage would open the door to other government mandates such as requiring individuals to buy certain types of food, burial insurance and gym memberships. If the court rules against the individual mandate, the justices will need to determine how much more of the ACA to rule against. The court will hear 90 minutes of argument tomorrow on that issue, known as “severability.” For an audio recording and unofficial transcript of the oral argument on the individual mandate, visit the Supreme Court website at http://tinyurl.com/bt3zfff.

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