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Supreme Court Appears Likely to Spare ACA

Even if the individual mandate is struck down, the rest may be upheld

A majority of the justices on the Supreme Court appeared likely Tuesday to spare the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, from a challenge by Republican-led states to strike it down.

After two hours of oral arguments conducted by telephone conference call, the court seemed headed for a ruling that would say that even if part of the law is no longer valid, the rest of it can be left intact.

The court's three liberals seemed prepared to uphold the law, and two of the court's conservatives suggested that even if part of it is struck down, the rest can be saved. That would create at least a five-vote majority to keep the law.

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