Health Care Arguments Heard by Supreme Court

March 28, 2012

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing arguments over lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Court will hear six hours of oral argument over three days commenced set to end today.

On Monday, the Court considered whether the Tax Anti-Injunction Act barred hearing aspects of the case until penalties for not buying health insurance have actually been assessed.  To hear or read Monday’s oral argument click here.

On Tuesday, the Court considered whether the minimum coverage requirement provision (also called the individual mandate) is constitutional.  To hear or read Tuesday’s oral argument click here.

Today, the Court will consider whether all or just some of the law may be deemed unconstitutional.  In addition, they will consider whether Congress, in enacting the Medicaid portion of the law, exceeded its enumerated powers or violated basic principles of federalism by coercing States into accepting conditions deemed onerous by threatening to withhold federal funding in the absence of state compliance with PPACA rules.

A ruling is expected by the Supreme Court by the end of June.  There is, however, no requirement that the Court rule by that date.

To read the briefs filed in the Supreme Court, please click here.