The countdown is on for the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act and the legality of subsidies – with a decision that could have looming political implications leading into a heated primary election cycle.

If the government loses in King v. Burwell, insurance subsidies that the ACA makes available will vanish and an estimated 9.6 million people stand to lose coverage. Premiums in the individual market are also expected to surge, as a result.

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