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Will Supreme Court amputate parts of health care law?
WASHINGTON – On the last of three days of oral arguments on the constitutionality of the federal health care reform law, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court pondered whether they should act as virtual surgeons, taking a scalpel to the statute to excise constitutionally problematic portions while leaving the rest in place. But the justices seemed stuck on a central issue during Wednesday’s arguments: whether the law can function without its heart, which is the individual minimum coverage mandate.