Supreme Court Hearing on the Affordable Care Act

Supreme Court Hearing on the Affordable Care Act

The fate of the Affordable Care Act will be decided by the Supreme Court during six hours of hearings from the 26-28 March. We preview the hearings and outline the key legal arguments on which the decision may rest on.

Next week the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act. The Act is perhaps the most significant piece of domestic legislation since the creation of Medicare in 1965. The decision has the potential to greatly impact future federal legislation for generations to come. Reflecting its significance, the court has scheduled six hours of oral arguments. And more briefs have been filed than in any other case in the court’s history. At the center of the arguments is the so-called "individual mandate". Opponents of the mandate say it’s unconstitutional. The government says it has precedent on its side. But what really matters is what the court rules.


Joan Biskupic

Legal affairs editor for Reuters News. She has written biographies on Sandra Day O'Connor and Antonin Scalia.

Ron Pollack

executive director of Families USA, a national non-profit organization for health care consumers.

Carrie Severino

chief counsel and policy director, Judicial Crisis Network

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