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The Supreme Court Rules that the Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional; the Individual Mandate Survives

Posted on June 28, 2012 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

This installment of Hall Render’s Health Law Broadcast series on health care reform is designed to provide you with the insight, analysis and practical suggestions with respect to the various reform initiatives that will affect your organization.

The Supreme Court issued its much anticipated opinion today by upholding the Affordable Care Act. The individual mandate is constitutional.  The Medicaid expansion has been limited.

According to Amy Howe of SCOTUSblog, who was monitoring the Supreme Court decision live: “The money quote from the section on the mandate: Our precedent demonstrates that Congress had the power to impose the exaction in Section 5000A under the taxing power, and that Section 5000A need not be read to do more than impose a tax. This is sufficient to sustain it.”

Additional, detailed analysis will follow shortly.  When released, the Supreme Court’s slip opinion can be found here.

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