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Fifth Circuit building “It’s safe to say that the ACA’s defenders had a tough day in court,” wrote one expert, noting that judges seemed receptive to holding the act either wholly or partly unconstitutional. (Photo: Mike Scarcella/ALM)

Attorneys who observed oral arguments in the legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act all said they expect the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to remand the case to the trial court to redetermine if parts of the law might be saved.

“It’s really hard to read the tea leaves of an argument of that length and complexity,” said Wright Close & Barger partner Raffi Melkonian of Houston, who attended the oral argument.

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