Where We Live: Health Care Reform, The Supreme Court, and Connecticut
As the Supreme Court hearing gets underway, we look at the Affordable Care Act.
Arguments begin in the Supreme Court today over the Affordable Care Act - its one of the biggest, longest, and most highly publicized cases in the court’s recent history - and it has enormous political implications.
If the law - or parts of it - are overturned or retained, it could affect the outcome of November elections, with President Barack Obama, the man behind the law running for re-election...and Mitt Romney, the former governor who helped create the framework for it in Massachusetts, likely running against him. A Republican surge in the House and Senate this fall could also mean lawmakers could push to repeal the Act - regardless of the court’s ruling.
But beyond the politics, there are some interesting legal and healthcare issues in question. Today we’ll try to pull this apart - and give you a chance to ask questions of some experts.
Should the government be able to “mandate” that you buy health insurance? What other reforms might be in jeopardy if the court rules against the Affordable Care Act? What will this all mean for Connecticut - as it begins setting up its healthcare “exchanges?”