It’s August in an election year. That mean Washington is starting to clear out as members of Congress head home to kiss babies and raise cash.
The House is in recess and the Senate is close behind. But that doesn’t mean that health reform isn’t still a very hot topic. Yesterday, a federal district court in Virginia ruled that the state’s attorney general has standing to challenge the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The ruling was only procedural, but it means that opponents of the health reform law will get a chance to battle it out with the Obama administration on the merits. Read what the White House has to say about the case here or check out the Virginia Attorney General’s take here.
Health reform is also on the ballot—today. In Missouri, voters will get a chance to vote on a ballot initiative that asks whether they want to outlaw the individual insurance mandate included in the Affordable Care Act.
For more on the politics of health reform and how the law is likely to impact women, check out this week’s edition of the Policy & Practice Podcast.
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— Mary Ellen Schneider (on Twitter @MaryEllenNY)