U.S. Supreme Court to rule on ACA
January 6, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it will rule on several questions concerning the legality of the Affordable Care Act. Specifically, it will address the following issues:
- Whether the legality of Affordable Care Act’s requirement that individuals either purchase health insurance or pay a penalty (the law’s “individual mandate” or “minimum coverage provision”) can be determined now or must wait until after that provision of the law takes effect in 2014,
- If a decision about the legality of the individual mandate can be made now, whether the mandate is constitutional,
- If the individual mandate is deemed to be unconstitutional, whether it can be “severed” from the other provisions of the law, allowing the remainder of the Affordable Care Act to be implemented, and
- Whether the law’s expansion of Medicaid to a broader group of low-income individuals is constitutional.
In a new discussion posted on the Stat! Health Reform News page on the Segal website, the U.S. Supreme Court decision to rule on several questions concerning the legality of the Affordable Care Act is covered.