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Key question looms: Can reform stand without mandate?
Modern Healthcare

If the Supreme Court strikes down the requirement that nearly all Americans purchase health insurance—a possibility that seemed as likely as ever after Tuesday’s arguments—the justices must then decide whether to torpedo the entire healthcare reform law or just sever the insurance mandate.

The Supreme Court has scheduled 90 minutes of arguments Wednesday morning on this “severability” question, seeking to answer how much of the 2-year-old Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would be affected if the mandate falls.