The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act had a rough week. Both the Supreme Court and Congress looked several facets of the law enacted two years ago after considerable controversy.
The Supreme Court focused on the individual mandate, examining its constitutionality and whether it can be separated from the rest of the law. A ruling on the mandate as well as a ruling on provisions regarding Medicaid expansion and the fine associated with the individual mandate is due in June. If the individual mandate is found to be unconstitutional and not severable from the rest of the law, the entire law could be struck down. As of today, no one appears to have a backup plan should the entire law be stricken.
On Thursday, the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee held a hearing on the repeal of the employer and individual mandate portion of the health care law. The employer mandate provides that certain employers provide health insurance or pay a penalty. H.R. 1744 by Reps. Charles Boustany (R-La.), Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) and John Barrow (D-Ga.), which the NAM strongly supports, would repeal that requirement. A mark-up is not scheduled on bill but The Manufacturers continue to push for support.
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