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Today is the final day of arguments at the Supreme Court regarding President Obama's health care law, and whether it's constitutional.

But do readers know what all the hubbub is about? Surely they've heard Republican presidential candidates talk about the ills of "Obamacare," and perhaps they remember Vice President Biden remarking after the law was passed in 2010 that it was "a (expletive) big deal." Let them know what it means for their family and their money:

-- Tuesday's debate took issue with the law's power to compel Americans to purchase health insurance. Obviously no one wants the government to tell them what to do or buy, but some states require drivers to purchase auto insurance -- what's the difference? Ask local experts in the fields of state law, insurance and health care.

-- Polls are starting to come out saying Americans are not in favor of upholding the health care law, but they don't say why. Other polls say Americans -- even Republicans -- like certain facets of the law, such as insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, reduction of the "donut hole" for Medicare prescription drug coverage and allowing children as old as 26 on their parents' health care plans. Do your readers like these pieces of the law? Why or why not?

-- Put a face on the debate by interviewing readers who have more at stake if the law should be struck down -- parents of kids with chronic health conditions, Medicare recipients, recent college grads who can't find jobs with medical benefits. Contrast that with a look at those affected if the law stands: local health care organizations, Republican and Democratic candidates for office (some say this would energize the GOP base to replace Obama), any agency that receives federal funding, as implementation of the law could become costly.

Finally, download some basic points of the case from GateHouse News Service. Let readers know the outcome of this case won't be speedy -- a ruling is likely to come out in June.

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