After months of nervous speculation, it's finally the U.S. Supreme Court's turn this week to consider the legal case that could solidify or savage President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare reform law.
The justices on Wednesday will hear arguments in King v. Burwell, which turns on whether the language of the Affordable Care Act allows Americans in up to 37 states using the federal insurance exchange to receive premium tax credits. The Internal Revenue Service has interpreted the law to allow subsidies in all states. But the four individual plaintiffs challenging the rule say the ACA language is clear and that interpretation is wrong.
Experts say ending premium subsidies in states with federal exchanges would cause millions of Americans to lose coverage and would severely disrupt the individual insurance market, potentially forcing the White House and Congress to renegotiate the law.
Oral arguments could offer clues on how the justices might rule. Observers will be particularly watching the questions and reactions from Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy, who are considered potential swing votes. The high court's ruling is expected in June.
Here is a rundown of some of the key legal arguments likely to play out Wednesday.