Health Reform: Decision Day Wrap-Up

In a decision that changed the course of American health care, the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday morning decided to uphold the individual insurance requirement of the Affordable Care Act.

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  1. June 29 | Last night the PBS NewsHour delivered almost an entire program of analysis and discussion on the Supreme Court health reform decision and its implications likely to shape political fodder this election cycle. The Morning Line has the breakdown.
  2. High Court Upholds Health Reform: Mandate Is Constitutional
  3. 4:26 p.m. ET I Though we're wrapping up our live online coverage, tune into tonight's show for more news and analysis.

    -Supreme Court Upholds Decision: What Does it Mean?
  4. 4:15 p.m. ET I "The key person in this whole thing was clearly the Chief Justice," Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal told the PBS NewsHour

    Roberts, an appointee of former president George W. Bush, became the swing vote on the monumental 5-4 decision, read the decision from the bench this morning and authored the majority opinion.
  5. 4:00 p.m. ET I NewsHour Extra gathered student voices at the steps of the Supreme Court.
  6. Supreme Court Decision "Huge Deal for Our Generation"
  7. The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the individual mandate is a watershed moment. The ACA will insure many more Americans and provide the tools we need to pursue quality over quantity of care. But there is still much to be done. Health care is a human right, not a privilege, and necessary for a vibrant democracy and a thriving economy. -Steven M. Safyer, MD,  CEO of Montefiore Medical Center in New York City
  8. 3:45 p.m. ET I (AP) This morning, a rush to quickly report the Supreme Court's decision on President Barack Obama's health care law tripped up some news organizations that got it wrong and had to quickly correct themselves.
  9. 3:20 p.m. ET I "Without the nuclear threat, states won't have to expand Medicaid. But the money is still there, so wealthy liberal states win." -Joe Antos, American Enterprise Institute
  10. 3:10 p.m. ET I "From a legal standpoint, the Supreme Court decision both limits the use of the Commerce Clause, and also narrowly tailors the federal government’s ability to dictate Medicaid policy to the states. From a policy perspective, the decision puts the Affordable Care Act back squarely in the political realm." -Tevi Troy, former deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services
  11. 3:00 p.m. ET I “This is as big as Brown v. Board of Education. It confirms our nation’s commitment that health care will be available to ALL Americans, regardless of health status or income, and at a price which people, families, and our nation as a whole can afford. The Court is telling us to put politics aside now and make reform work in our diverse states and communities." -Len Nichols, director, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, George Mason University
  12. Rep. Eric Cantor Reacts to Supreme Court Decision Upholding Affordable Care Act
  13. 2:53 p.m. ET I “With the mandate in place, we can move forward on the key insurance reform provisions that ensure that America will no longer be a country where individuals can be excluded from health insurance coverage because they are, have been, or will be ill. This decision allows the ACA to move forward to provide insurance coverage to more than 30 million Americans, to control the costs and improve the quality of U.S. health care, and to lower the budget deficit.” -economics professor Jonathan Gruber of MIT
  14. Speaker John Boehner Reacts to Supreme Court Decision Upholding Affordable Care Act
  15. 2:28 p.m. ET I “Today’s decision is a wise compromise that leaves the ultimate fate of health care reform where it belongs:  with the voters this November.” -Professor Gerard Magliocca of Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  16. 2:20 p.m. ET I “Today hope has been renewed for families of children with cancer and survivors. Because of this law, they cannot be denied coverage based on pre-existing conditions, they will be allowed to stay on their parents’ health care plans to age 26, and insurance companies cannot impose lifetime caps on coverage.” -Maureen T. Lilly, executive director of Children’s Cause for Cancer Advocacy
  17. 1:50 p.m. ET I "The effects of the decision will be felt far beyond Obamacare.  By allowing government to require Americans to buy a product or service at the federal government’s direction, the Court has seriously damaged the principle of limited government. The decision announced today could open the door to even more dictates from Washington for generations to come." -Robert Alt and Nina Owcharenko of the Heritage Foundation
  18. What does this Supreme Court decision mean? In-depth analysis from Kaiser Health News.
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