Supreme Court to Hear Health Care Law Challenges

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Those that oppose President Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act law, will finally have their day in the United States Supreme Court in early 2012. While no specific date has been set, many believe that the Supreme Court will hear opening arguments sometime in March. Even though the opposition has been awaiting this announcement, those that support health care reform also are looking at this as an opportunity for vindication.

In total, twenty six states are challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and its provision that requires all Americans obtain health insurance. Their argument is that the government cannot force people to purchase any product or service. Regardless of the legality of that particular mandate, chances are the Affordable Care Act would still remain law even if the Supreme Court rules the government cannot force people to buy insurance.

At the present time, over fourteen million Americans lack health insurance coverage. 17.5% of the nation’s uninsured are adults and most are hopeful that the Affordable Care Act will allow them to seek the medical care they have been avoiding because of a lack of health insurance. These adults, many of which have children, need to maintain their health so that they can be productive citizens and parents.

As one would suspect, the different media outlets are using the Supreme Court’s announcement to further their own political agendas. While places like MSNBC are highlighting this as an opportunity for the Supreme Court to validate the health care reform law, other networks like Fox News are saying that the end of “Obamacare” is soon at hand. Meanwhile, the millions of people without health insurance simply want reform that allows them to get medical care without having to file bankruptcy afterwards.

2012 will be the year that the United States Supreme Court wields its judicial authority in such a way that will impact every American’s life and health. The importance of the Supreme Court hearing this case cannot be overstated. Especially with fewer employers offering health insurance to their employees, and the millions of people that can’t find a job or afford private health insurance, the Supreme Court’s ultimate decision on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will impact our nation’s financial obligations and the wellness of its citizens for many generations well into the future.