It’s a big couple of weeks for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The federal health reform law turns 2 on Friday, days before the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing oral arguments on a challenge to the act.

You can expect supporters to point to people who have already benefited from the law, like Fritzi Lainoff, a St. Louis woman who was among the 5.1 million Medicare recipients who saved an average of $632 on prescription drugs, according to a press release the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued Monday morning.

Opponents, meanwhile, will point to projections about what the law could mean to people when it’s fully implemented, including a report released last week by the Congressional Budget Office. The report projected that 3 million to 5 million fewer people could have health insurance through their employers as the law takes effect. But that figure could be as high as 20 million, according to the CBO.

In light of that, Politico’s David Nather offers what he calls “four hard truths of health care reform” — including that, despite President Obama’s pledge that people who like their health plans will be able to keep them, some people won’t be able to.

Arielle Levin Becker covered health care for The Connecticut Mirror. She previously worked for The Hartford Courant, most recently as its health reporter, and has also covered small towns, courts and education in Connecticut and New Jersey. She was a finalist in 2009 for the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists, a recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship and the third-place winner in 2013 for an in-depth piece on caregivers from the National Association of Health Journalists. She is a 2004 graduate of Yale University.

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