Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Health Care Law Today

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to President Obama’s healthcare law today, kicking off a three-day proceeding. The Affordable Care Act mandates an expansion of health insurance to 30 million more Americans within a decade, as well as for the ire it has roused in Republican lawmakers and citizens, alike.

At the heart of the Court's hearings will be the argument against the health reform law’s individual mandate – the requirement that most Americans obtain health insurance. Failure to follow the mandate, which goes into effect in 2014, could result in a fine. Also on the Court’s agenda over the coming days are oral arguments over whether a ruling on the law’s insurance requirement is premature, a consideration of what happens if the insurance requirement is ruled unconstitutional, and a discussion over the constitutionality of the law’s expansion of Medicaid.

To look ahead to next three days of health care debate and discussion, Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law at George Washington University, joins us.


Jeffrey Rosen

Produced by:

Marc Kilstein and Jillian Weinberger

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Mar. 06 2013 10:58 PM
Rory S from Salt Lake City, UT

Please educate me - we Americans already pay underinsured and uninsured motor vehicle insurance - by law, and no one seems to care. The people who run the health care industry simply want equal opportunity under the law. As we Americans do with the auto insurance industry - roll-over and get fleeced - so will we with the healthcare industry. This hoopla will eventually subside and the healthcare industry executives will pop another bottle of bubbly. We, as a healthy family of five, paid into HCI for 20 years. When my wife got rheumatoid arthritis HCI increased our premium by 40%. When they saw that the 40% increase didn't cause us to cut bait, they hit us another 40% the following year. They won. We simply couldn't afford the premiums. They took our money for twenty years and when we really needed the help they dumped us! My wife is now uninsurable. Our out of pocket for health insurance per year is $16,000.00 on a 80/20 plan. There is nothing free or fair about America. You work your entire life, save a little money for retirement, and then the insurance industry takes it all. I suggest we change "in God we trust," to "profit at any cost." Help me understand why America's elderly and children cannot afford health care, and our education system is an embarrassment while the Federal Government dishes out billions of our tax dollars each year to countries that despise us. Let's face, it America has cancer (greed) and its terminal.
Rory S.

Mar. 27 2012 09:30 AM
Miguel from Colorado

It seems like universal health care would solve the issues raised by people both for and against "Obamacare".
Universal health care is not employer based, thus it wouldn't conflict with freedom of conscience for religious employers. Likewise, citizens would not be bound by a particular employment status or health condition in order to have coverage. (In our current system, for example, it can be very expensive or sometimes impossible for self-employed people or those with pre-existing conditions to buy insurance). Finally, since an advantage of group insurance is that with larger groups the cost/risk is more spread out - it seems that universal health care would afford the best deal by having the largest group possible: the entire national population.

Mar. 26 2012 10:19 AM
Steve Bigda from Massachusetts

I live in Massachusetts and my wife and I are 60 years old, healthy and self employed. Since the inception of "RomneyCare", our mandated health insurance premiums have risen 125% to a $6,000 per person yearly premium with a $2,000 per person deductable. RomneyCare/ObamaCare works nicely for the insurance companies and health care providers but is a financial nightmare for those without employer subsidized policies.

Mar. 26 2012 09:55 AM

Does anyone seriously believe Obama, Pelosi and the DNC establishment really care about providing health insurance to over 300 millions Americans to the extent that these elitist people will build their careers and reputations around it?
It is all about vastly expanding for all time the power and influence of their business and their union.
Their business is government and their union is the Democratic Party.
Get it?
It is all about their empowerment and not ours.

Mar. 26 2012 09:48 AM

I am wholeheartedly behind the health plan. I am a nurse who works at a public health care center. Every day I see the results of people without insurance. It is not unusual to have a patient who worked all of his life, is now unemployed, and needs hundreds of dollars of insulin each month. If one has no dependent children, regardless of your level of health, there is no avenue for health care.

Personally, my family has been affected. I have a son who works part-time, is still in college at 23. He had lost his insurance. With asthma, it is essential that he have coverage. We pay a pretty hefty premium now, but before the ACA he would have had none.

Mar. 26 2012 09:40 AM
Lisa from NYC

As someone who has been uninsured for quite some time now, I'd love the opportunity to buy into an *affordable* health care plan. I work 7 days a week, however, that's what it take to get by and no way can I afford $400 a month for health insurance. I live with my significant other, we have two incomes, he is uninsured also. If, between both of us, we end of incurring a new combined expense of $800, we will have to either move out of our apartment or attempt to find additional employment just to pay for this insurance. I appreciate Obama's attempt, however, it should not be mandatory.

Mar. 26 2012 08:26 AM
Maggie B from Malverne, NY

What is wrong with a country that clings to its guns and debases healthcare? It certainly reflects the strong hold that conservatives and corporations have on this the United States.

Mar. 26 2012 07:35 AM
Scott from Miami Florida

Everyone is talking about mandating americans to buy health insurance. No one is talking about whether or not insurance companies will be required to pay when one gets sick or injured. Now, if one gets injured, the insurance companies try to disqualify that person from receiving benefits, or say "That is not covered under our insurance!" Who will keep the insurance companies accountable?

Mar. 26 2012 06:19 AM

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