Post-PPACA: Time For Employers To Take Action

Law360, New York (July 13, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT) -- After months of anticipation and speculation, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the massive health care reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Surprising many who predicted the demise of the law's individual mandate and, perhaps, the rest of the PPACA with it, the court concluded that U.S. Congress had the constitutional authority under its taxing power to require most Americans to obtain health insurance in 2014 or pay a penalty.

By a 5-4 margin, Chief Justice John Roberts cast the deciding vote. The court voted in favor of upholding the individual mandate as a tax — despite...

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