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Paul Clement, a lawyer for 26 states seeking to have PPACA tossed out, leaves the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A possible misunderstanding about President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul could cloud Supreme Court deliberations on its fate, leaving the impression that the law’s insurance requirement is more onerous than it actually is.

During the recent oral arguments some of the justices and the lawyers appearing before them seemed to be under the impression that the law does not allow most consumers to buy low-cost, stripped-down insurance to satisfy its controversial coverage requirement.

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