PPACA's Impact: The Election, 2013 and Beyond

Law360, New York (July 20, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has issued its long-awaited decision addressing the constitutional challenges to the landmark health reform legislation. In a 5-4 majority opinion, the Supreme Court held that the key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) are constitutional — including the controversial “individual mandate,” which requires most Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty.

Accordingly, the PPACA remains intact and employers must continue to implement the law.

Many observers believe that the Supreme Court’s decision is just the first...
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