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How will the US Supreme Court rule on the ACA

The Affordable Care Act or ACA for short is a national health insurance plan implemented by President Barack Obama in March of 2010. The ACA provides affordable health care to millions of Americans across the country. On November 10th, the United States Supreme court is poised to hear oral arguments regarding the ACA and will make a ruling to either repeal the ACA or let it stand.


The ACA has been a controversial law since its introduction in 2010. In 2012 the supreme court ruled to uphold the ACA despite arguments from multiple southern states regarding the unconstitutionality of the individual coverage mandate taxing those individuals who did not have health care coverage. In December of 2017, President Trump signed into law a bill that eliminated the ACA’s penalty for lack of health care coverage. Despite all of these arguments against the ACA, the Supreme Court announced it will be hearing arguments around the ACA to confirm the constitutionality of the penalty on those people without health care coverage.


The Supreme Court has a few options for its decision about the ACA. After hearing oral arguments and meeting for deliberations, the Supreme Court could decide to take one of a few avenues. They could either uphold the ACA in its entirety, dismiss the case on technical grounds, uphold the statute while finding the individual statute to be void, or to strike down the law in its entirety. There are positive and negative effects for every decision by the Supreme Court and that decision has potentially devastating effects on the American people. Restricting access to affordable and reliable healthcare could lead to a rise in uninsured Americans and potentially higher insurance premiums for those with healthcare coverage.


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