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Supreme Court Divided Over Health Care Mandate

In one of the most anticipated Supreme Court hearings in years, the justices on Tuesday offered sharply divided views on the controversial individual mandate provision at the heart of the 2010 federal health care reform law. The fate of the individual mandate — requiring most Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014 or face a financial penalty — may be in jeopardy, and perhaps with it the entire law’s other 450 or so sections, based on tough questions of the government by the court’s conservative majority.