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A Guide to the Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act Decision


Last Edited: October 3, 2013, 1:29 pm


A Guide to the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act Decision


On the last day of the 2011-2012 Term, the United States Supreme Court issued its long-anticipated
opinion about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In a case known as
National Federation of Independent
Business v. Sebelius,
the Court agreed to consider the constitutionality of two major provisions of the ACA: the individual mandate and the Medicaid expansion. A majority of the Court upheld the individual mandate. And, while the Court found the Medicaid expansion unconstitutionally coercive of states, because states did not have adequate notice to voluntarily consent and the Secretary could potentially withhold all of a state’s existing federal Medicaid funds for non-compliance, a majority of the Court found that this issue was appropriately remedied by circumscribing the Se cretary’s enforcement authority, thus leaving the Medicaid expansion intact in the ACA. This policy brief describes the Court’s decision and looks ahead to the implementation of health reform now that the constitutionality of the ACA has been resolved.

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JAP69Comment by JAP69 - October 3, 2013, 1:26 pm
the Court agreed to consider the constitutionality of two major provisions of the ACA.
They ruled on two provisions of the law only.
I do not see anywhere where it is ruled "THE LAW OF THE LAND"
It is simply a law which can be amended or repealed by congress.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - October 3, 2013, 1:32 pm
The two provisions ruled on can also be changed by congress.
If you want the affordable care act to be the law of the land put it in the constitution.
MADDOG10Comment by MADDOG10 - October 3, 2013, 4:43 pm
That is correct, that is why the repeal act is coming into play...
jarasanComment by jarasan - October 3, 2013, 6:00 pm
The demoncRATS must have had something good on roberts.
rdgrnrComment by rdgrnr - October 3, 2013, 7:50 pm
I agree jarasan.
And he'll probably be their boy when they want to come for the guns too.

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