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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="" class="bold">Live blog: Supreme Court and Affordable Care Act (ACA) aka ObamaCare</a> </li><li><span class="leadIn">Photos </span><a href="">Scenes from the hearings</a> </li><li><a href="">A Primer on the ACA (aka ObamaCare) I</a> </li><li><a href="">A Primer on the ACA, II: Follow the Money</a> </li><li><a href="">ACA vs. ObamaCare: What's In a Name?</a> </li><li><a href="">The Supreme Court and the ACA</a> </li><li><a href="">ACA Repeal? For Massachusetts, So What?</a> </li><li><a href="">Disappointing Cuts to the ACA Prevention Fund</a> </li><li><a href="">Put Up or Shut Up Time -- For or Against the ACA</a> </li><li><a href="">March Madness and Supreme Surprises</a> </li><li><a href="">ACA’s Ban on Lifetime Caps Protects 105 Million Americans</a> </li><li><a href="">Anatomy of an ACA Lie</a> </li><li><a href="">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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