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Supreme Court Considers Striking Down Health Care Reform Law

03/29/12

  09:29:25 am, by MedBen5   , 221 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Supreme Court Considers Striking Down Health Care Reform Law

The third and final day of Supreme Court health care reform hearings gave rise to a real possibility that not only could the individal mandate be found unconstitutional, the entire Affordable Care Act may be nullified.

The Los Angeles Times reports that while the outcome of the case, which concluded its arguments yesterday, won’t be known until this summer, the court’s five-member conservative majority appeared to view the health care reform law in an unfavorable light – giving opponents just enough votes to strike it down altogether.

“One way or another, Congress is going to have to reconsider this,” said Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative. “Why isn’t it better to have them reconsider it in toto?” In response, liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said said the court should do a “salvage job” rather than undertake a “wrecking operation.”

Solicitor Gen. Donald Verrilli Jr., the Obama administration’s top lawyer, pleaded with the court for restraint. “[The Affordable Care Act] was a judgment of policy that democratically accountable branches of this government made by their best lights, and I would encourage this court to respect that judgment,” he said in his cloisng arguments.

The court also heard arguments Wednesday on expanding the Medicaid health insurance program – a provision of the law that would also get cut if the law were voted down.

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