Dissecting The Supreme Court Ruling On Health Care Reform

Law360, New York (June 28, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a divided ruling on the core provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The court upheld the so-called individual mandate,[1] finding that although the mandate violated the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, the mandate was a constitutional exercise of Congress' taxing power. While this ruling enabled the court to leave the act's significant health insurance reform measures in place, a majority of the justices also found that the act's Medicaid program expansion violates Congress' spending authority by predicating federal Medicaid funding — including funding for existing programs — on a state's acceptance of...

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