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Day 2: Supreme Court hears key constitutional question on health care law’s individual mandate

<div class="relatedBox"> <div class="breakingNewsHedBold">Related </div> <ul class="linklist"><li><span class="leadIn">Live blog </span><a href="http://live.boston.com/Event/Live_blog_Supreme_Court_and_Affordable_Care_Act_ACA_or_ObamaCare" class="bold">Live blog: Supreme Court and Affordable Care Act (ACA) aka ObamaCare</a> </li><li><span class="leadIn">Photos </span><a href="http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/gallery/scenes_from_health_care_law_hearings">Scenes from the hearings</a> </li><li><a href="http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/health_stew/2011/11/a_primer_on_the_aca_aka_obamac.html">A Primer on the ACA (aka ObamaCare) I</a> </li><li><a href="http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/health_stew/2011/11/a_primer_on_the_aca_ii_follow.html">A Primer on the ACA, II: Follow the Money</a> </li><li><a href="http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/health_stew/2012/01/aca_vs_obamacare_whats_in_a_na.html">ACA vs. ObamaCare: What's In a Name?</a> </li><li><a href="http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/health_stew/2011/11/the_supreme_court_and_the_aca.html">The Supreme Court and the ACA</a> </li><li><a href="http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/health_stew/2012/01/aca_repeal_for_massachusetts_s.html">ACA Repeal? For Massachusetts, So What?</a> </li><li><a href="http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/health_stew/2012/02/disappointing_cuts_to_the_aca_1.html">Disappointing Cuts to the ACA Prevention Fund</a> </li><li><a href="http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/health_stew/2012/02/put_up_or_shut_up_--_for_and_a.html">Put Up or Shut Up Time -- For or Against the ACA</a> </li><li><a href="http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/health_stew/2012/03/march_madness_and_supreme_surp.html">March Madness and Supreme Surprises</a> </li><li><a href="http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/health_stew/2012/03/acas_ban_on_lifetime_caps_prot.html">ACA’s Ban on Lifetime Caps Protects 105 Million Americans</a> </li><li><a href="http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/health_stew/2012/03/anatomy_of_an_aca_lie.html">Anatomy of an ACA Lie</a> </li><li><a href="http://www.boston.com/Boston/whitecoatnotes/2012/03/governor-patrick-affordable-care-act-deserves-defended/qU0xfgWW3FSvlzqqH8A09K/index.html">Governor Patrick: Affordable Care Act 'deserves to be defended'</a> </li></ul></div>WASHINGTON -- Many demonstrators arrived even earlier today, by 6:30 on a chilly morning, for the second day of Supreme Court hearings over the future of President Obama’s landmark health care law. By 8 a.m., hundreds flooded the sidewalk in front of the court house steps.

“Protect our care. Protect the law,” chanted a circle of supporters of the law, some dressed as the Statue of Liberty, complete with the torch and other carried signs resembling a pack of birth control pills.

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