Health Care Reform Law To Be Addressed By Supreme Court

The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear arguments next March over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

The justices announced they will hear an extraordinary five-and-a-half hours of arguments from lawyers on the constitutionality of a provision at the heart of the law and three other related questions about the act. The central provision in question is the requirement that individuals buy health insurance starting in 2014 or pay a penalty.

In the modern era, the last time the court allotted anywhere near this much time for arguments was in 2003 for consideration of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform. That case consumed four hours of argument. This argument may spread over two days, as the justices rarely hear more than two or three hours a day.

The 2010 health care overhaul law aims to extend insurance coverage to more than 30 million Americans, through an expansion of Medicaid, the requirement that individuals buy health insurance starting in 2014 or pay a penalty and other measures. The court’s ruling could decide the law’s fate, but the justices left themselves an opening to defer a decision if they choose, by requesting arguments on one lower court’s ruling that a decision must wait until 2015, when one of the law’s many deferred provisions takes effect.


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21 Responses to “Health Care Reform Law To Be Addressed By Supreme Court”

  1. Sheryl Petersen says:

    I just want to know what will happen to the people that make minimum wages or lets say $9 an hour and have employers that do not offer medical coverage for their employees. I cannot afford medical for myself and my employer does not offer it but yet we do not qualify for anything low income.

  2. Siobhan says:

    Well, let’s just hope the Justices take a few minutes in the next few months to re-read or in some cases read for the first time, the Constitution; and dare we hope the Federalist Papers.

  3. Lauren says:

    Yes, I hope the Justices read the Constitution also because they will find that there is no provision in it to force Americans to buy something. If we are forced to buy insurance, what else will the government force us to buy.

  4. Michele says:

    The government knows exactly what they are doing. With a 14-15 Trillion Dollar debt who’s paying for this, the common Folk US! What happens to people who can’t pay even fines?! Jail, think communist China in America. Welcome to the New World Order Folks. Read your Bible (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth).

  5. Kyle says:

    Anyone making $9 an hour does qualify for assistance, under the new healthcare law. In fact, any single person making less than $40,000 grand a year will receive assistance in purchasing their insurance, either through employer provided plans or private plans/medicaid. Same goes for families of 4 making less than $88,000 a year.

    There are LOTS of problems/issues with this healthcare plan, but please people, focus on the actual facts instead of all of this other crazy nonsense. No one is going to be sent to jail. If you are that poor, then you will qualify for medicaid, calm down. If you want to fight this thing then focus on the facts, and not this other rediculous nonsense.

  6. Crystal says:

    The health care reform bill calls for each state to set up an ‘exchange,’ or marketplace, where people not covered through their employers would shop for health insurance at competitive rates. It also hold health insurers more accountable capping the percentage of premuims spent on “administrative” costs at 20%.

    I believe that Healthcare should be a basic human right provided for in the US Constitution, but since it’s not (note: most developed countries in the world have universal/state sponsored healthcare, even China and other communist countries like Cuba) there have to be major changes to the healthcare system in the United States in order for access to healthcare to increase.

    While I don’t agree with all the things in the healthcare reform law, I do believe that something has to be done other than business ususal for the large healthcare insurers and pharmaceutical companies (whom, by the way, continue to make profits while hospitals and doctors keep taking pay cuts and decreases).

  7. Paula says:

    Ok, lets recap—-Large healthcare insurers and pharmaceutical companies do make money but you failed to state the reason– government has a limited choke hold on them (free enterprise) And yes hospitals and doctors are taking pay cuts but again you failed to state why–government has too much control over them. Socialism is not the answer. The answer to get this nation back on its feet and on top again is to break the hold of big government and allow those people who want more for future generations to make it happen themselves instead of giving control to the government (remember history repeats itself). I pray that the supreme justices will show wisdom in this matter.

  8. Barbara says:

    For those of you who voted for “change”, this is your change! If this healthcare is allowed to become the law, what next will we be forced to accept? Doctors will be forced to leave behind their profession and look elsewhere, hospitals will be closing down after they have let their nursing staff go, and on and on. We will all be affected one way or the other. All we can hope for at this point, is the next version of “change” in 2012.

  9. Anne Sesing says:

    It makes me very uncomfortable that people in healthcare do not know the most basic facts regarding the healthcare reform act.
    This is government at its best – something we should all support. This is a win-win situation, get the facts and stop listening to the propaganda.

  10. Amber says:

    Health Care reform is a very touchy subject, however this will be a never ending battle considering how each person feels about it and what parts have been heard. Those of you who are looking for universal health care then talk with Canada about their health care and how long it takes to get into a specialist of any kind (when quite a few of them are heading down to the states because of our advancements in the medical field including how quickly one can get into a Doctor to be seen). Once this universal health care starts it will have an effect on the quality of care given to patients.

  11. Kyle says:

    I love how people always turn to Canada as an excuse. Yes, wait times are a legitimate issue in Canada, that doctors and the government are continually working to address, and improve. But, even with those wait times, and they are not that out of control, the people of Canada, in poll after poll after poll approve of their system by overwhelming margins. 85%, 90% approvals. They have longer life expectancys than us. And the list goes on. There are conditions that are better handled in the US system. We have much higher cancer survival rates. And, that is a big deal. But we are America, how can we not find some innovative way to provide healthcare for everyone and still maintain our edge in all the things we are good at. It’s rediculous that people are buying into all of this fear propaganda instead of actually learning about this law and thinking about ways that we can improve on it.

  12. Natalia says:

    Will anyone be happy with any decision that is made? Really stop and think about it. The medical field is really suffering too because less and less is being covered and the amounts insurance companies are paying for services is lowering every year. It’s not really a benefit any more to have health insurance-the amount out of pocket that is paid before anything is covered and then there are the copay, deductibles…yadda yadda no wonder people are ignoring the doctor bill and paying the elelctric and mortgage first. Sad world.

  13. teri says:

    i would like to know why muslims will not be forced to have the insurance, they will not be penalized. oh but if they need the service they will get it for free, how aware of this item that the president included is the american people

  14. Thomas says:

    anyone can opt out for religions reasons. Muslims, Jews, Mormons, Christians.

  15. Brad says:

    I’m sorry. I don’t understand the panic, the misinformation, or the hatred this issue engenders. We have had a state-sponsored health programs for the elderly and indigent since the 60’s, and state-sponsored programs for military veterans and Native Americans since before that. Plus, most states mandate workers’ comp and auto insurance. Nobody seems to think the country is spiraling out of control as a result of those programs. I suggest we quit acting like a particular part of our country is out to get us and let the Three Estates of Government work it out, as our constitutional authors intended it.

  16. Paula says:

    I want to know how people who can’t afford health insurance because of low wages will be reqired to get health insurance and if they don’t (because they cant afford it!) how they will then pay for the fee!? So let’s make people get medical insurance or take their money anyway. All well and good for those who milk the government for doing nothing but what about those who work hard for what they have, and not much, and not get free medical but now will have to pay for it. I don’t qualify for medical insurance and I don’t have a job! I’m a full time studant and can not pay for my own food and clothes much less medical insurance. But go ahead and make me pay a fee? From what? Yes one day I will graduate and get a great job and have insurance but not everyone can do what I did. They need money now! I don’t like the idea of “it’s the same as being required to have car insurance.” Its not the same! If you don’t have car insurance you don’t drive (hopefully). If you don’t have medical insurance, what, you don’t live?

  17. Deborah says:

    It’s just a shame that the “lawmakers”, our Senators and Congressmen, have opted out of this healthcare reform, yet voted it into law for all Americans (except themselves). Instead, our “lawmakers” (as if we don’t have enough laws) are eligible for the same healthcare benefits as our military members, who actually put their lives on the line for our freedoms and quality of life. And our “lawmakers” are eligible for those medical benefits, for themselves and spouses, for the rest of their lives after serving in government for a minimum of six years! Not a bad plan for them. Terrible burden for the taxpayers. If health reform is good enough for the majority of Americans, why not for them? How do they get away with continually voting for laws from which they are exempt? Shame on them, and shame on us for putting up with this dual standard.

  18. Kathy says:

    I work part-time, do not have insurance, and cannot afford medical insurance. I don’t expect free insurance, but something affordable. Major medical insurance for hospitalization, I believe in. Doctor visits should be paid by patient. The doctor visits should be more basic coverage. I believe the old and cheaper antibiotics/drugs/procedures should be used first. Most conditions, ailments and illnesses can be cured with a simple cheaper procedure/medicine. All the new and improved procedures are very costly and not really necessary. Doctor’s seem to be quitting because of the reduced payment from Medicare. Hospitals cannot furnish the basic medical care for all of us who are not insured. I think the reform should be for major medical coverage. Simple ailments (flu, colds, broken bones) should be treated through personal doctors or urgent care, NOT using the emergency room of the hospitals.

  19. rolunda baker says:

    Yes i voted for change. I think the healthcare reform will benefit everyone and yes some government intervention is necessary so the rich does not get richer and poor get no help. It is some many things in this world that is government mandotary, but everyone what to cry about healthcare. this plan will allow for every person to have coverage rich or poor. it is easy for us to say what the President should do, but until people have to make decision that affect a nation my hat goest off to him for trying. Former President Bill Clinton tried to change the healthcare reform and he got some of lips from the congress and the people that he gave up. Hats off to President Obama for not giving up.

  20. Skiwitch says:

    Are we not a free country? Wasn’t our country founded on the principles of freedom, freedom of choice. We are a capitalistic country, which also makes us great; yes capitalism. We are a great country where people can start a business in their garage and some day it will be one of the greatest businesses in the world; like Apple Computers. The American dream is to be free and have the ability to make CHOICES that benefit you and your family, or to have a home business in your home.

    I have Multiple Sclerosis, I am currently uninsurable because of that fact, but I am ADAMANTLY against this law. I do not believe I should be FORCED to purchase insurance, and subsequently FINED if I do not; how is that freedom of choice? I hear the argument that we are forced to buy auto insurance, well they don’t fine us for not, you’re just not aloud to drive and if you do you get in trouble. How can the two be compared? With all of these laws and regulations, and this President, we are heading closer to a socialistic society than ever before. Just listen to Mrs. Obama’s statement about the swing set she purchased for the White House “It’s the People’s Swing Set”. I am an American, I believe in the Constitution and what this Country was founded on.

    I believe this law to be a poorly put together law. I understand the NEED for affordable insurance, and the need for people to be insurable regardless of prior conditions, but this law is not the correct fix. Insurance companies and lawmakers need to come together and have a conversation of how to make it easier for others to get insurance if needed, but not this way.

  21. Nicholep says:

    I’m sorry but whens the last time anyone in office has ever made a good descion in favor of average americans.

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