Unexpected Twists in the Affordable Care Act Decision
Sallie Thieme Sanford
University of Washington - School of Law
July 13, 2012
Jurist, July 2012
In its keenly anticipated decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, the Supreme Court found the "individual mandate" provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) constitutional, along with nearly the entirety of the rest of the Act. The Court did so with an unexpected vote count and on unanticipated legal bases.
This article summarizes the decision and its likely effects.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 7
Keywords: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Commerce Clause, Taxing Power, Anti-Injunction Act, individual mandate, Medicaid, Supreme Court
Date posted: July 17, 2012