President Obama in March 2010 signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, implementing enormous changes in the U.S. health care industry.

Almost immediately, opponents of the law filed lawsuits challenging its constitutionality. Those suits have wound through the courts and now the Supreme Court will have its say, with oral arguments in January and an opinion expected by this June. The core issue for the Court is whether the individual mandate requiring all persons have health insurance is constitutional-whether Congress exceeded its authority.

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