PLEDGE NOW
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

Use the navigation bar at the bottom of this frame to reformat the excerpt to best suit your reading experience.

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.”

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Feb 8, 2016
Sign stands outside property for rent Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in south Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

If it feels like rents are sky-high, you’re right. Some now paying more than half their income on rent. Some say crisis. We’ll dig in.

Feb 8, 2016
Legendary film critic  Roger Ebert in an archival image from his early days at the Chicago Sun-Times. (Flickr / WikiCommons)

The critic speaks. The New York Times’ A.O. Scott on how to think about art, pleasure, beauty and truth.

RECENT
SHOWS
Feb 5, 2016
A portion of the cover of Ben Ratliff's new book, "Every Song Ever." (Courtesy Farar, Straus and Giroux / The Publisher)

How to choose music in an age when everything is online and always there. New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff shows the way.

 
Feb 5, 2016
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas mingles at a campaign event at Robie's Country Store, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Hooksett, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Ted Cruz, Clinton and Sanders out of Iowa. Zika panic. Syrian peace talks fall apart. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Notes From New Hampshire, #6: Bernie v. Hillary — The Electability Debate
Monday, Feb 8, 2016

Bill and Betty are not real New Hampshire voters. But their arguments about the Democratic race for President most certainly are.

More »
Comment
 
Notes From New Hampshire, #5: Ted Cruz — The Advocate
Monday, Feb 8, 2016

Texas Senator and Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is an impassioned advocate, Jack Beatty writes — but mostly for himself above all others.

More »
Comment
 
Notes From New Hampshire, #4: Donald Trump — You Heard It First!
Friday, Feb 5, 2016

Jack Beatty recounts an evening rally with Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, and wonders if the billionaire businessman is really looking for an exit.

More »
Comment