Health Care and the High Court

March 26-28 the U.S. Supreme Court heard six hours of legal arguments on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Coverage Act.

The American Bar Association’s Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases magazine, which provides expert analysis of all high court arguments, recently published a special edition devoted entirely to the historic challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Coverage Act. This first-of-its kind publication providing a ringside seat for the health-care fight of the century, has been referenced by a variety of media sources, including the L.A. Times and the Wall Street Journal Law Blog.

This four-color, 40-page special edition of Preview is a rich resource that drills down into the nuts and bolts of the health-care cases. It includes a primer on the history of the health-care system as well as background on the legal teams making the arguments. It also has expert predictions on how the cases will be decided. More than a dozen lawyers, journalists and academics known for their U.S. Supreme Court and health-law expertise were polled. Ninety-one percent of the experts surveyed thought the deciding issue in the case will be the constitutionality of the individual mandate. The remaining experts predicted that the Court will decide the case on jurisdictional grounds under the Anti-Injunction Act. Interestingly, none of the experts thought that the decisive issue would be whether the expansion of Medicaid impermissibly usurped the power of the states. The experts were split on whether the outcome of the ACA cases will have a significant impact on the upcoming presidential election, with sixty-four percent believing that it will.

Read the Preview special edition for an in-depth look at the Court ruling predictions. You may order online or by phone at 1.800.285.2221.