The Supreme Court found Obamacare to be constitutional two years ago. Today it was asked to decide a legal challenge. Does the law provide that subsidies for low-income people apply only where health insurance markets have been "established by the state?" The Court's interpretation of those four words could determine if subsidies are valid for seven million people who signed up where the federal government established the markets. It's a case deeply rooted in partisan politics. Four liberal court members and two conservatives made clear what they think. Chief Justice John Roberts could be the decider — but he was hardly heard from.
Four Words and Seven Million Americans
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Robert Barnes - Supreme Court correspondent for the Washington Post - @scotusreporter, Elizabeth Wydra - Constitutional Accountability Center - @ElizabethWydra, Carrie Severino - Judicial Crisis Network - @jcnseverino, Byron York - Washington Examiner / Fox News - @ByronYork, Ian Millhiser - Think Progress - @imillhiser