So the schedule for the remainder of the current term of SCOTUS is out, and oral arguments in King v. Burwell are initially planned for March 4–the last case to be argued before decisions start rolling out in June.

Expect enormous attention to be paid to whatever words come out of the mouth of the Chief Justice, presumed to be the swing vote in the challenge to Obamacare subsidies. And if the odds look good for the challenge, we’ll enter a strange twilight period in which the impact of the loss of subsidies for millions of people are weighed everywhere, and federal and/or state contingency plans are adopted–or not.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.