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Supreme Court Starts Hearings To Decide Fate of Obamacare


ACT OF TROUBLE Obama signs the Patient Protection and Aff ordable Care Act on March 23, 2010.


King v. Burwell challenges the Aff ordable Care Act’s subsidies. If the Court declares them illegal, experts say, the president’s signature legislative achievement is doomed to be scrapped.


P BY DAVID A. PATTEN


ulling the plug on obama- care — that goal has been the Holy Grail for conservatives ever since March 21, 2010,


when the Obama administration’s arm-twisting feats of legislative leg- erdemain got just enough support to pass the Aff ordable Care Act — with- out a single Republican vote. Ever since, Democrats have con-


sistently thwarted Republican eff orts to overturn the law. But following


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this month’s oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court could hand Republicans a triumph. If the court agrees that the act spec-


ifi ed only state exchanges can receive federal subsidies, many believe the Obamacare house of cards will fi nally come crashing down. “The whole central core of the


Aff ordable Care Act — the subsidies, the individual mandate, and the employer mandate — would be dead,” declares Robert Graboyes, a senior


research fellow at George Mason Uni- versity. Could a problem with one little-


noticed provision of a 1,000-plus page bill bring down the entire legislation? Increasingly, even proponents of Obam- acare answer yes. To understand


why, one must ven- ture back to spring of 2012 when Chief Jus- tice John Roberts in a last-minute change of heart rescued the law from an early demise by declaring the mandate penalty was actually a tax. This happened despite President


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Obama’s strident insistence in Sep- tember 2009 it was “absolutely not a


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