(Bloomberg) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy voted to strike down Obamacare three years ago. Now, he could be the law's savior.

Kennedy on Wednesday emerged as a pivotal vote as the court weighed whether to strip more than 7 million Americans of the federal subsidies that helped them buy health insurance.

At several points during the hearing, Kennedy said the challengers' reading of the 2010 statute could violate states' rights by coercing them to set up insurance marketplaces.

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