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The Supreme Court Rules On Health Care

The Supreme Court decides the fate of President Obama’s health care reform. We’ll be live and listening as their ruling comes down.

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen Wednesday, June 20, 2012

History will be made today at the U.S. Supreme Court on American health care and the federal power to reform.  In the hour ahead, decades of struggle, months of high court deliberation reach a climax.  The court is expected to deliver its verdict on President Obama’s sweeping health care reform.

The signature Obama legislation affecting all Americans.  It is a tremendous high-wire moment for health care, politics, and the American people.  We will have the high court’s decision for you, instantly and live as it emerges.

This hour, On Point:  the Supreme Court rules on health care reform.  We’re live and listening.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Jodi Kantor, correspondent for the New York Times. She’s the author of The Obamas.

Stuart Altman, professor of national health policy at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. He is a health economist and one of the nation’s top experts on health care policy and served as an advisor on health care policy for the 2008 Obama campaign.

Gail Wilensky, economist and senior fellow at Project HOPE an, international health education foundation. She was an adviser to John McCain’s campaign and contributor to the McCain healthcare plan.

Kurt Lash, professor of law and director of the program on Constitutional theory, history and law at the University of Illinois.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

Supreme Court Health Care Ruling

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From Tom’s Reading List

The New York Times “The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would issue the rest of its decisions for its current term on Thursday, making it very likely that a decision on the comprehensive law overhauling health care will come that day.”

The New Yorker “The mandate made its political début in a 1989 Heritage Foundation brief titled “Assuring Affordable Health Care for All Americans,” as a counterpoint to the  single-payer system and the employer mandate, which were favored in Democratic  circles. In the brief, Stuart Butler, the foundation’s health-care expert,  argued, “Many states now require passengers in automobiles to wear seat-belts  for their own protection.”

National Review “But if Obamacare vanishes or the individual mandate is eliminated, look for Democrats to panic. There will also be comparisons to Jimmy Carter — the last Democratic president to lose reelection — and his “malaise” period.”

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