Voices From The Bench: Supreme Court Justices Probe The Affordable Care Act
“The Pink Sheet” highlights intriguing, and perhaps telling, comments by U.S. Supreme Court justices from three days of oral arguments pertaining to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, including the constitutionality of the “individual mandate” for insurance coverage, its severability from other ACA provisions, and whether new Medicaid requirements are an unconstitutional coercion of the states.
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