In one of the most hotly anticipated rulings in decades, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of President Obama’s health-care law.
One of the key provisions of the 2010 Affordable Care Act requires most U.S. citizens and legal residents to have health insurance. Those without coverage would face financial penalties. Critics of the law said this ‘tax’ was unconstitutional, but in a 5-4 ruling, the justices maintained the heart of the legislation, which aims to cover more than 30-million uninsured Americans.
Most surprising was conservative Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision to side with the majority on this one – headlines are reading “Chief Roberts singlehandedly saves the Affordable Care Act.” The court did take issue with the law’s plan to expand Medicaid.
Today’s decision will ripple throughout the political landscape, providing a boost to President Obama’s re-election campaign – and possibly to Mitt Romney’s, as opponents of the plan rally around his flag.
Lisa McElroy, Professor of Law, Earle Mack School of Law, Drexel University; Supreme Court scholar
Kitty Felde, KPCC’s Washington Correspondent
Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder, Tea Party Patriots; Activist against ACA; Martin joins us from D.C.
Kathie McClure, Founder, VoteHealthcare.org; Activist for ACA; McClure was in the Supreme Court today
Adam Winkler, Constitutional law professor at UCLA; author of Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America (2011); writer for The Huffington Post & Daily Beast
John Eastman, professor of law and former dean at Chapman University Law School. Eastman holds the Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law at the Chapman University School of Law and is also the Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a public interest law firm affiliated with the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy; Eastman co-authored an amicus brief for the Supreme Court on the SB 1070 case
Gerald Kominski, Director, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
Lucien Wulsin, Executive Director and Founder, Insure the Uninsured Project
Dr. Paul Phinney, President-Elect of the California Medical Association
Adam B. Schiff, Democratic Congressman representing California’s 29th district, which includes Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, Glendale, Griffith Park, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, Temple City
Tom Harman, Republican State Senator for California’s 35th district, which covers most of Orange County’s coastline; Vice Chair, Senate Health Committee
Holly Mitchell, Democratic Assemblymember for California’s 47th district, with Culver City at its center; Chair, Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
Shana Lavarreda Director, Health Insurance Studies, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
Matt Rodriguez, Democratic strategist; former senior Obama advisor in 2008, who now runs the Los Angeles office for the Dewey Square Group
Jonathan Wilcox, Republican Strategist; former speech writer for Governor Pete Wilson
David Savage, Supreme Court Reporter, Los Angeles Times