The Supreme Court has retreated from the public spotlight to get to work on a series of appeals that will determine the future of health care law in the United States. On Wednesday, the court wrapped up three days of oral arguments on legal challenges to the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The individual mandate, the section of the bill requires that most Americans have health insurance or pay a fine, was at the heart of the hearings. On Wednesday, the justices considered what would happen to the bill, and its 450 provisions, if the individual mandate was ruled unconstitutional. The individual mandate is considered to be the key funding mechanism of many of the expansions included in the health care reform bill. Some analysts speculate that without the individual mandate, the entire law would be put in jeopardy. The court is expected to hand down their ruling in about three months.
Supreme Court concludes arguments on health care law, individual mandate
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