By Sam Baker - 03/31/12 12:00 PM EDT
A handful of specific questions from last week's oral arguments could help shape the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on President Obama’s healthcare law.
A decision is expected to come in June — just months before the presidential election.
The biggest takeaway from last week’s arguments was that the mandate is very much in jeopardy. That doesn’t mean, however, that the court is sure to strike it down, and the oral arguments helped illuminate several areas the justices will likely consider in their private deliberations.
Here are five questions that could shape the court’s ruling: