Decision Day for Health Care Law
BTD will be on the radio (please join him), and I'll be getting ready for court when the Supreme Court releases its historic decision on the Affordable Care Act. The decision will be available on the court's website.
According to C-Span, these are the four issues:
- Whether the court has jurisdiction over a tax law that has yet to take effect,
- Whether the individual mandate is constitutional,
- Whether the court can strike down only part of the law without striking down the law in its entirety,
- And whether the law's extension of Medicaid is constitutional.
Put even simpler, the decision will address jurisdiction, the individual mandate, the fate of the rest of the law — and separately, the Medicaid provision.
For the legal-minded among you, check out ScotusBlog. It's plain English version (which maybe should be called plain English for lawyers) is here. Here are some potential scenarios in plain English as to the effects of the ruling should it go one way or the other.
Here's a thread to discuss all aspects of the decision and the potential effects -- legal, economic, political, and personal.
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