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Court’s conservatives question health law’s mandate

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court’s conservative justices raised concerns Tuesday that President Obama’s health care law could open the door for the government to compel Americans to participate in all sorts of commerce, including the mandated purchase of cellphones, gym memberships, even burial insurance.

The justices’ probing questions during the second day of hearings over the constitutionality of Obama’s signature health care overhaul served to jolt the law’s supporters from any certitude that the court would find the requirement to have health insurance does not trample on individual rights.

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