‘Obamacare’ likely to survive, high court arguments indicate

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A more conservative Supreme Court appears unwilling to do what Republicans have long desired — kill off the Affordable Care Act.

That includes its key protections for pre-existing health conditions and subsidized insurance premiums that affect tens of millions of Americans.

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The justices met a week after the election and remotely in the midst of a pandemic that has closed their majestic courtroom to hear the highest-profile case of the term so far.

They took on the latest Republican challenge to the law known as “Obamacare,” with three appointees of President Donald Trump, an avowed foe of the health care law, among them.