The Supreme Court will determine constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act

We've heard of various attempts to skirt implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by governors opposed to the expansion of Medicaid and the administrative burden associated with establishing health insurance exchanges.  Other opponents have taken the legal route to contest ACA provisions.  Several cases have wound their way to the Supreme Court and several provisions of the Act will be under scrutiny. 

John McDonough, a professor of public health leadership and practice at the Harvard School of Public Health, presents a digestable explanation of events leading up to the Court's decision to rule and laws that may support or challenge the constitutionality of the law. 

"As expected, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) announced this morning (11/14/11) that they will consider the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in general, the so-called Individual Mandate in particular, and several other related issues including the expansion of Medicaid.  A five hour hearing will be held in the spring, most likely in March, with a decision expected in June or thereabouts, smack in the middle of the presidential campaign.  What does this mean?"

Click here to continue reading Professor McDonough's boston.com blo...

 

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