Jonathan Cohn breaks down today’s arguments about the individual mandate from a health policy perspective. Cohn backs many of the government’s arguments, but you’ll get a sense of how today went even if you oppose the overhaul. Most surprising is his assessment that the justices do not seem to grasp the “specifics of the health insurance market.”

My first impression from day two at the Supreme Court: I was more confident yesterday than I am today. I can still imagine the justices upholding the individual mandate. But, at this point, I can just as easily imagine them striking it down. Tuesday’s hearing was energized and contentious, from start to finish.

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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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