Gearing Up For Supreme Court Hearings on Health Care Overhaul

You’ll be hearing lots over the next few days here and elsewhere about the future of the way we pay for health care.  Here are a few links to some good reads that will give you a sense of why all of this news is relevant to you.

Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hold three days — that’s a lot of days — of hearings on the Affordable Care Act (which is often referred to as Obamacare, typically by folks who don’t like it).   The big nut is this: Can the federal government make you buy insurance?  We’ll soon find out.

If it can’t, then here’s a good story from KHN’s Jordan Rau on what the landscape might look like.  Ana Radelat of the Connecticut Mirror also tackles the issue, and quotes U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman:

“Unless you have a mandate, the insurance companies will not have the money to cover all the things in the Affordable Care Act,” Lieberman said.

He said it was a “mistake” to not include a severability clause in the ACA and indicated that Congress may have to revisit the issue.

“If the Supreme Court finds the mandate unconstitutional, the Affordable Care Act has to change,” Lieberman said.

Also, the Mirror’s Arielle Levin Becker has this take on what coverage in Connecticut specifically could look like should the Affordable Care Act find trouble at the Supreme Court.

Oh, wait — and there’s this good, big-picture explainer from KHN on what to make of the Supreme Court hearings that start next week.

This blog post is part of a reporting partnership that includes WNPR, NPR, and Kaiser Health News. 

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