Game on! Supreme Court hears health care reform arguments

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The U.S. Supreme Court case everyone has been waiting for is finally here. The High Court began hearing oral arguments on the constitutionality of the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA) health care reform law on Monday, March 26. An unprecedented six hours of arguments will set the stage for a decision—probably in late June—on whether “Obamacare” stays or goes.

If the court strikes down the ACA, expect the employer-provided health insurance landscape to remain largely as it has for the last 50 years. If the court affirms it, the ACA’s ambitious timetable for revamping the nation’s health insurance system will continue.

The ACA was challenged four times last year in federal appeals courts. Two panels said the law passes constitutional muster. One said it was too soon to decide the question. A fourth ruled parts of the law unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court agreed to hear the government’s appeal of the last case, an Au...(register to read more)

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