As the New York Times reported on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will decide the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in this current term, with a decision probably due by June 2012. The central issue that will be decided by the Court is whether Congress had the authority to create the ACA’s Individual Repsonsibility Provision, which requires that all Americans purchase insurance starting in 2014 or face a tax penalty. The Supreme Court will also decide the constitutionality of the expansion of Medicaid under the ACA as well as whether the entire law must be struck down should any single portion be found unconstitutional.
The ACA, signed into law in March 2010, is the most significant and historic piece of social legislation in decades and will ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health coverage. As we have written before, striking down the ACA – and its vital consumer protections – would have a devastating effect on the thousands of Nebraskans who already are benefiting from the law, not to mention the countless more who will benefit from the law’s continued implementation.
See some of our previous posts regarding the ACA and attempts to appeal or strike it down: