All eyes on Supreme Court on Obamacare ruling

Clues indicate how the justices might rule in the high stakes battle after the court heard Republican lawyers argue that Obamacare should be struck down in its entirety.
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To the supreme court now where the justices considered a case yesterday about the fate of Obamacare. The trump administration and Republican governors argued it should be struck down but key justices signaled that was unlikely with their questions. Senior national correspondent Terry Moran has the latest. Reporter: This morning, there's new hope for the affordable care act and the millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions who could be unable to qualify or pay for health insurance without it. The supreme court weighing arguments in a challenge brought by the trump administration and 18 republican-led states. They say that the ACA's individual mandate which initially required most Americans to have health insurance or pay a fine should be struck down as unconstitutional and the whole law thrown out with it but two conservatives on the bench, chief J John Roberts and justice Brett Kavanaugh signaled that even if they do strike down that mandate, the rest of the law could still stand. It does seem fairly clear that the proper remedy would be to sever the mandate provision and leave the rest of the act in place. The provisions regarding pre-existing conditions and the rest. Reporter: Chief justice Roberts noting sharply that Republicans in congress had the chance to repeal the whole act but couldn't muster the votes. I think it's hard for you to argue that congress intended the entire act to fa if the mandate were struck down when the same congress that lowered the penalty to zero did not even try to repeal the rest of the act. I think, frankly, that they wanted the court to do that, but that's not our job. Reporter: A decision in this crucial case is expected sometime early next year and while the justices questions suggest they won't strike down the ACA it's worth remember questions aren't rulings, robin. Got to keep that in mind. Thank you.

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