Supreme Court Rules on Affordable Care Act


On Thursday, June 28th, 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Compiled here are stories leading up to the momentous decision as well as analysis and reaction following the ruling.

ACA banner

Capital Public Radio News Reports


View all stories in the series

Listen to or read Supreme Court oral arguments from March, 2012
We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter

NPR Reports

Why Medicare is suddenly under debate again
As the White House and Republicans in Congress gear up for negotiations over the U.S. debt ceiling, how to pay for senior health care could be a sticking point, even if cuts are "off the table."
mp3 file | 

2022 was a record high year for Obamacare enrollment
NPR's Ayesha Rascoe talks to Julie Appleby at Kaiser Health News about a record year of people signing up for Obamacare medical plans, as enrollment closes Sunday.
mp3 file | 

More than 16 million people bought insurance on, a record high
During open enrollment for Obamacare, a record number of people signed up for private health insurance. Now the Biden administration has to pivot to helping people who are at risk of losing Medicaid.
mp3 file | 

Shopping for ACA health insurance? Here's what's new this year
There's finally been a fix to the "family glitch" that made marketplace health plans sometimes unaffordable. And although premiums are rising, subsidies are too, and more people are eligible.
mp3 file | 

How a Texas court decision threatens Affordable Care Act protections
The ACA has required health insurers to provide many medical screenings and other preventive services with no out-of-pocket cost to health plan members. But a recent court decision could upend that.

Preventive care such as birth control, anti-HIV medicine challenged in Texas lawsuit
Some object to paying for health insurance plans that cover preventive services that they say violate their religious beliefs, which could cause millions to lose access to care if the courts agree.

Health insurance prices for care are now out there, but finding them is an ordeal
A dump of tens of thousands of colossal digital files from a single insurer is not unusual, and it'll be weeks before data firms can put the information in a usable format for employers and patients.

They thought they bought Obamacare plans. What they got wasn't insurance
Some consumers sign up for Obamacare and find out later they actually purchased a membership to a health care sharing ministry. But regulators and online advertising sites don't do much about it.

Some insurance brokers enroll people in ACA plans without consent
Some consumers "have gone months" without realizing someone had improperly enrolled them in ACA health plans, with tax credits that may need repaying. A proposed new rule would stop the practice.

Democrats go on the offense with Biden's agenda to avoid a repeat of Obamacare battle
The Build Back Better agenda is the largest expansion of the social safety net in decades. Democrats say they learned from the debate over the Affordable Care Act and are selling their bills sooner.
mp3 file | 

More stories from the NPR series Judging The Health Care Law

Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website, for California health data

We Get Support From:

Become a Supporter