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TUESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- The individual mandate -- the portion of the Affordable Care Act that requires Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty -- appeared threatened during U.S. Supreme Court arguments made on Tuesday.
Four conservative justices appeared opposed to the provision, with several questioning whether the individual mandate falls under the federal government's constitutional powers. Four liberal justices seemed to come out in its favor.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, considered a swing vote, also seemed critical of the mandate. He suggested that the health-care law assigns the federal government regulatory powers over interstate commerce that exceed those previously supported by the court, the Washington Post reported.