Cheat Sheet: Supreme Court Health Care Ruling

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There’s been a lot of buzz around Obama’s health care initiative. And today the Supreme Court put an end to the guesswork with its ruling to uphold the individual mandate (*see below). For those of you that are STILL confused about what the hoopla is all about we’ve got the 411.

What It Is:

  • It’s Obama’s signature legislation.
  • It extends health coverage to 31 million uninsured Americans.

What It Means:

  • It calls for a series of reforms over several years. For example:
    • Insurance companies can't deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions (i.e. someone with high blood pressure).
    • Insurers can’t set a dollar limit on health coverage payouts (how much policies will pay on behalf of a person over their lifetime).
    • Young people can get coverage through their parents' insurance until age 26.
    • Medicaid will expand to help insure millions of low-income families and individuals.
  • *Individuals (you and us) will be required to buy health insurance or be fined come 2014.

What’s Being Said:

  • The individual mandate has been called an unconstitutional overreach by Congress and the Obama Administration.
  • However, the Court said it IS constitutional because it's a form of tax.
  • The court had problems with the law's Medicaid expansion. But ruled that as long as the federal gov didn't threaten to hold a states' entire Medicaid fund if they don't participate, the expansion could proceed.

What Can You Do?

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