Florida v. HHS Raises Key Constitutional Issues Related to Health Care Reform

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has garnered significant national attention. It makes several fundamental reforms to the nation’s health care system — including major changes affecting the country’s health insurance markets. Reflecting considerable controversy over the law, opponents have fought vigorously since its passage to have it declared unconstitutional by the courts.

Path to the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments addressing these issues on March 26, 27, and 28. While it usually takes several years for cases to get to the Supreme Court, many of the courts at the lower levels have fast-tracked cases relating to the ACA because some of the law’s most controversial reforms are being implemented over the next 22 months and have the potential to have wide-ranging effects on the states and U.S. citizens. So as the ACA celebrates its two-year anniversary, issues key to its survival will be argued in front of the Supreme Court.

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