The Supreme Court steps were abuzz Tuesday morning with supporters, opponents and onlookers, as they either championed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, called it a major setback to religious freedom and personal liberty, or simply wanted to observe the scene surrounding the historical arguments first-hand.

The core focus of today’s oral arguments before the justices is the individual mandate, which requires individuals to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. Should the court strike down the mandate, and deem it unseverable from the rest of the law, PPACA would be invalidated. The law is being challenged by 26 states and an independent business group.

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