It was only a week ago that a Florida judge tossed out the Affordable Care Act, declaring the mandate to purchase insurance unconstitutional. But since then lawmakers, legal scholars, and pundits have been trying to guess what might ultimately happen with the law. Will the Supreme Court invalidate the whole thing? Will the high court carve out the individual mandate and send lawmakers back to the drawing board on that one piece? Will the court find that Congress acted within its constitutional authority and uphold the ACA?
One thing is for sure, many people are already sick of waiting. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) has introduced a resolution calling for an expedited review of the law by the Supreme Court. And Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II, the attorney general of Virginia, who is leading a legal charge against the ACA, is petitioning to have his case heard sooner rather than later.
“Currently, state governments and private businesses are being forced to expend enormous amounts of resources to prepare to implement a law that, in the end, may be declared unconstitutional,” Mr. Cuccinelli said in a statement. “Regardless of whether you believe the law is constitutional or not, we should all agree that a prompt resolution of this issue is in everyone’s best interest.”
For more on the most recent court ruling on health reform, check out this week’s Policy & Practice Podcast:
And stay tuned next week for more implementation news and continued political debate over abortion and the health reform law.
— Mary Ellen Schneider (on Twitter @MaryEllenNY)