Thursday, June 28, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

“The court’s decision simply keeps Colorado on the path toward reform we’ve been on since the Affordable Care Act became law. We must also remember that controlling costs across the entire health system is a critical component of expanding coverage. We remain committed to doing everything we can to improve the health and health care of all Coloradans.”   
                                                                        Gov. John Hickenlooper 

Read the full statement here: Governor's Statement 

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, upheld key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Specifically, the Court left standing the law’s “individual mandate” to buy health insurance.  This was found constitutional under Congress’s taxing powers, rather than under the Commerce Clause.  The Court also upheld the government’s  expansion of Medicaid under the Act, but said that the government could not financially penalize states that opt out of the expansion.  See below, links to the Supreme Court’s decision, latest articles from the Washington Post and the New York Times and an analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures on the legal questions before the Court and how they were resolved this morning.   

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