Judging The Health Care Law
When the U.S. Supreme Court made a Medicaid expansion optional under the Affordable Care Act, the decision lowered the estimated cost of the law.
The Supreme Court decision that made the expansion of Medicaid optional for states will result in 3 million fewer people getting coverage. And that will also reduce the overall price tag of the law over the next decade by about $84 billion.
July 9, 2012 The Supreme Court's health ruling limited the federal government's power to withhold funding if states don't meet certain requirements. But it didn't draw a clear line between the types of financial conditions that are OK and those unfair to states. That's likely to lead to lawsuits.
July 3, 2012 Since the Supreme Court's health care ruling — in which Chief Justice John Roberts provided the key vote to uphold most of the law — speculation has raged about whether he changed his mind in the course of deliberations. In many ways, the question of a switch misperceives how the court works.
July 2, 2012 The health care case wasn't the only important decision rendered by the court during its recent term. New York Times reporter Adam Liptak rounds up the session's most important cases — including ones addressing immigration, campaign finance and Guantanamo detainees.
June 29, 2012 Supreme Court decisions have tended to fall along partisan lines in recent years. But neither the Arizona immigration ruling nor the decision upholding the federal health care law followed the typical divide. Many observers say it will help the court's standing to appear above politics.
June 29, 2012 Many medical professionals are glad people won't lose coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act. Still, they worry about whether there will be enough physicians to treat increased patient loads — and who will ultimately pay the bill.
June 29, 2012 Journalists raced to get copies of the Supreme Court decision on the federal health law out of the courthouse as fast as humanly possible. Photographers were there to document their colleagues' athletic prowess.
June 29, 2012 Figuring out who benefits most politically from Thursday's Supreme Court decision that upheld the constitutionality of President Obama's health care overhaul seems to be today's toughest assignment.
June 29, 2012 Time and again, the court has shaken up American politics with pronouncements no one quite expected, from the rejection of "separate but equal" schools to the striking down of bans on gay sex. And the effects of a landmark decision may only be revealed over time.