U.S. Supreme Court hears major fight over health law subsidies

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court has been hearing arguments Wednesday morning in a major test of President Barack Obama’s health overhaul. The challenge could threaten insurance coverage for millions of people.

The justices will be trying to determine whether the health law makes people in all 50 states eligible for federal tax subsidies to cut the cost of insurance premiums. Opponents of the law say it limits tax credits only to people who live in states that created their own health insurance marketplaces.

Activists on both sides have gathered outside the courthouse, with supporters of the law outnumbering opponents. Some held placards showing how many people in each state would lose insurance of the court rules that the law doesn’t allow subsidies everywhere.

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act failed to kill the law in an epic, election-year Supreme Court case in 2012. Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the court’s liberal justices and provided the crucial vote to uphold the law in the midst of Obama’s re-election campaign.