THIS WEEK — The Supreme Court of the United States should be ruling on four separate issues:
- If the court should even consider the case in the first place, there is a possibility the justices will rule the constitutionality of the law cannot be challenged until individuals are actually subjected to the individual mandate in 2014.
- If the law’s individual mandate, which requires most adults to either buy insurance or pay a fee that would reach $695 by 2016, is constitutional
- If a directive requiring states to expand Medicaid coverage, at risk of losing federal grants, is constitutional.
- If the court eliminates the individual mandate, the justices must decide if it can be separated from the law or if the entirely of the legislation goes down with it.
The Supreme Court will announce its decision on Thursday, June 28, 2012.
Source: www.examiner.com; David Phillips, June 25, 2012.