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10 SCOTUS Cases Mentioned At King Hearing That Could Shape Justices' Ruling

In the course of oral arguments in King v. Burwell at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday (March 4), justices and lawyers alike suggested past litigation that could serve as precedents in shaping how the high court ultimately rules. Following is Inside Health Policy's rundown of 10 cases that were mentioned, what their original rulings said and how they played into this week's hearing on whether the health law's insurance subsidies are available in federally run exchanges -- from the original ruling that upheld the Affordable Care Act's “individual mandate” to a recent case around a woman who tried to poison her husband's lover.

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