Archive for October 3rd, 2011
AHL’s Top Story: New SCOTUS Session Begins Monday; Analysts Expect Ruling on Health Reform Law by June
The U.S. Supreme Court today begins a new term, with many health care analysts expecting the court to rule on the constitutionality of the federal health reform law this session, Reuters reports (Vicini, Reuters, 10/2). The Obama administration last week filed a formal request asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that declared the individual mandate in the law unconstitutional. In August, the panel reviewed the multistate lawsuit against the health reform law and became the first appellate court to rule against any part of the law. However, the court upheld the remainder of the overhaul. The Supreme Court is not required to hear the case. However, disparate rulings in three separate appellate courts and the petitions from both sides of the lawsuit make it all but certain the court will accept the case, according to analysts (American Health Line, 9/29). After all briefs have been filed for the case by late October, the high court could begin hearing arguments by February or March 2012. Analysts expect a ruling by the end of June, at the height of the 2012 presidential election, according to Reuters (Reuters, 10/2).
The U.S. Supreme Court begins a new term today, and most health care analysts expect the high court to consider a case on the constitutionality of the federal health reform law this session. Last week, the Obama administration filed a formal request asking the high court to review an appellate court’s ruling that the law’s individual mandate is unconstitutional. Many analysts expect the court will take up the case, with arguments expected in February or March next year and a ruling by the end of June.