POLL: Should the Supreme Court Overturn Obama’s Health Care Law?
The country's highest court is set to rule Thursday on the Affordable Care Act.
It’s an epic decision that could change the way health care is approached in the United States.
Dr. Peter Beilenson, the Howard County Health Officer, is among those who will be paying attention to the Supreme Court decision. He has said the Healthy Howard Health Plan, Howard County’s program to get benefits to uninsured residents, could be used as a model for other counties nationwide, should the federal law be struck down.
The Supreme Court’s decision will include a ruling on the constitutionality of the law's “individual mandate” requiring all U.S. citizens to buy health insurance.
Opponents of the mandate say it’s an unprecedented exercise of congressional power—requiring people to buy something—and could be expanded to cars to help the auto industry, or even broccoli.
Obama has argued that the commerce clause in the Constitution allows Congress to regulate health care, and that expanding coverage would lower costs, according to the Economist, which summarizes both the supporting and opposing arguments to the issues that have been debated at the high court.
In Maryland, about 750,000 people were uninsured between 2009 and 2010, according to Linda Bartnyska, chief of cost and quality analysis at the Maryland Health Care Commission.