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Can Health Law Stand Without the Individual Mandate?

The constitutionality of the Medicaid expansion is also before the Court today.

(Image: Kaiser Health News)

(Image: Kaiser Health News)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The heart of the Obama administration’s health care overhaul hanging in the balance, the Supreme Court is turning to whether the rest of the law can survive if the crucial individual insurance requirement is struck down.

The justices also will spend part of Wednesday, the last of three days of arguments over the health law, considering a challenge by 26 states to the expansion of the Medicaid program for low-income Americans, an important feature toward the overall goal of extending health insurance to an additional 30 million people.

The first two days of fast-paced and extended arguments have shown that the conservative justices have serious questions about Congress’ authority to require virtually every American to carry insurance or pay a penalty. Continue reading