Medicaid, Taxation, and the Individual Mandate—Oh My!

As nearly everyone in healthcare—and in the nation—already knows, the Supreme Court has wrapped up 3 days of listening to oral arguments regarding the fate of the healthcare law passed in March 2010. Each day has been devoted to a separate argument:

  • Day 1: The Supreme Court justices heard arguments as to whether the 19th century Anti-Injunction Act would prevent them from ruling on the central issue of the case posed by the states
  • Day 2:The justices heard arguments as to whether the individual mandate is constitutional
  • Day 3: The justices heard arguments as to whether the individual mandate can be separated from the health reform law as a whole and whether its Medicaid expansion is constitutional

Slate, an online magazine from the Washington Post Company, has published a streamlined overview that recaps the arguments and considers the broader implications of the past 3 days. I recommend you give it a read.

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