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Understanding the Legal Issues in Health Care Reform

The Legal Information Institute has set up this mini-website to provide straightforward, unbiased legal analysis for journalists, students, teachers, and anyone interested in the legal issues the Supreme Court will address in its review of the health care law.

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On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed a comprehensive health care reform bill into law: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). A number of states and organizations challenged the law in federal court.

Those lawsuits made their way through the courts, leading up to the current Supreme Court review of the law. Perhaps signaling the importance of the health care law to this Court, the Supreme Court has set aside an unprecedented three days, March 26-28, to hear arguments on both sides on the issues.

The Issues

Look for the Supreme Court to address the following major issues in its review of the law, and follow the links for deeper legal analysis:

More Resources on this Site:

The PPACA makes major changes to Medicare. While not specifically at issue for the Supreme Court, we have a Medicare Backgrounder that analyzes the law’s effects on Medicare.

We have also created a glossary of the legal terminology related to the health care reform legal debate.

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