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Supreme Court Update for the week of March 26th, 2012

Sunday, March 25th, 2012




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Supreme Court Update 

for the week of March 26th, 2012

Recap The Affordable Care Act (ACA) signed into law on 3/23/2010. Most of the main provisions of this law start 1/1/2014. It requires almost all individuals in the United States to obtain health insurance, either through private plans or public programs, or pay a financial penalty. It places many new requirements on businesses and health insurance companies. ACA will subsidize insurance coverage for low and moderate income people. There will be an expansion of Medicaid programs through the states to cover millions of new insureds. 

Twenty six states along with other plaintiffs have filed lawsuits against ACA. It is now being argued infront of the Supreme Court starting today. Below is the schedule for the week. 

Monday 3/26/2012

The first issue to be argued is regarding the Anti-Injunction Act. This law/act bars lawsuits from blocking a tax until a tax is actually levied and paid (which for the ACA wouldn’t be until 2015). If the court decides that this law applies in this case, it could delay ruling on the legality of the individual mandate for 3 years.

Tuesday 3/27/2012

The question to be argued this day is, does the Constitution give Congress the power under the commerce clause to force Americans to obtain health insurance coverage? The mandate is a core part of Congress’ effort to reform the national markets in healthcare and health insurance. Both sides have compelling arguments and it’s only a guess as to which way the court will rule.

Wednesday 3/28/2012

Today there will be two separate sessions. The morning session will be devoted to “severability”, the question of what happens to the other provisions of the law if the individual mandate is struck down.

The afternoon session involves Congress’ power to require states to expand Medicaid. Although most of the expansion costs would be paid by the federal government, states would pick up part of the cost starting in 2017 and beyond.

There will be many months of diliberation. The announcement of the supreme court’s decision on these issues is expected in late July or early August.

As always, I will keep you up to date.


Federal Judge Rules That Health Law Violates Constitution

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

The New York Times reports:

“A second federal judge ruled on Monday that it was unconstitutional for Congress to enact a health care law that required Americans to obtain commercial insurance, evening the score at 2 to 2 in the lower courts as conflicting opinions begin their path to the Supreme Court.


Uncertain mandate on health care

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“The Obama administration’s massive health insurance reform plan had to pass through numerous minefields before it finally became law. Now it has entered a new and equally uncertain part of the journey — the path through the courts. Monday, a federal judge struck down a part of the law on which its success may depend.


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