Medicaid expansion will be key part of Supreme Court's health law consideration

The high court's announcement that it would review the law was not a surprise, but the specific issues it will examine have triggered some shockwaves. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court attention to the health law also has moved the issue of the overhaul back to the forefront of many campaigns.  

The Washington Post: Supreme Court's Planned Review Of Health-Care Law Shocks Medicaid Advocates
While there was no surprise over the Supreme Court's decision Monday to review the 2010 health-care act's insurance mandate, supporters of the law are reeling over the justices' announcement that they will also consider a long-shot challenge to what many consider an even more central provision of the statute. That provision is the extension of Medicaid to cover a greater number of the poor. Twenty-six states say the expansion amounts to an unconstitutional coercion of state governments, which provide part of Medicaid's funding (Aizenman, 11/16).

Politico: Health Care's On Repeat For 2012
The Supreme Court's decision to weigh the constitutionality of health care reform in the thick of the 2012 race has already thrust the issue back to the forefront on the campaign trail -; and not just for President Barack Obama. A number of candidates in down-ballot races across the country seized on the court's announcement almost instantly. Republican campaigns were especially eager to revive the health care debate, but the potential fallout from a ruling will pose challenges for candidates in both parties (Catanese, 11/16).

Reuters: What Supreme Court Ruling Could Mean For Healthcare
The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide the fate of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law in the coming year, charting a course that will have an impact on the 2012 election campaign, the law, the healthcare industry and the states (11/16).

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.orgThis article was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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