Analysts are already pouring over the political consequences of Thursday's Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act. But many Americans are wondering what the ruling will mean for patients and business owners. Host Michel Martin discusses the practical implications with reporter Mary Agnes Carey from Kaiser Health News.
Journalists raced to get copies of the Supreme Court decision on the federal health law out of the courthouse as fast as humanly possible. Photographers were there to document their colleagues' athletic prowess.
Thursday's ruling on the controversial health care law showed that perhaps it's best not to pay too much attention to how smoothly oral arguments go, or to the legal prognosticators who try to predict the outcomes.
After the Supreme Court announced its health care decision Thursday, the stock market rewarded some companies and punished others. But by the end of the day, stock traders seemed to shrug off the ruling.
By a vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court upheld almost all of the 2010 health care law. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's four more liberal members in saying it is constitutional under Congress' right to levy taxes.
It's 9:45 am on Thursday at the headquarters of Health Plan One, a health insurance agency that sells private policies. The biggest court decision ever regarding health insurance is about to come down.
The decision shifts much of the burden of implementing the law to the states, which are responsible for the lion's share of getting people without insurance covered under the health law. States also now have to make a decision about expanding Medicaid coverage to their poorest people.
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