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U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP) None of the court’s precedents “permits striking down an entire act based on the unconstitutionality of a single insignificant provision,” states say in their defense of the ACA. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

One of the debates over Texas v. California — the big  Affordable Care Act (ACA) constitutionality case — concerns what should happen if the U.S. Supreme Court declares the individual mandate provision to be unconstitutional.

Many individuals and groups have sent in their own thoughts, in “friend of the court briefs,” to explain why they think the Supreme Court can cut out the mandate without killing the whole law.



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