University of Minnesota policy experts discuss the Affordable Care Act ruling

On 6/28/2012, the United States Supreme Court issued their decision on the Affordable Care Act. Throughout the days and weeks that follow, University of Minnesota health policy experts will discuss the ruling and its impact with regional media. We've compiled those media stories here.


  1. Before you check out the media featuring our University of Minnesota experts, here is a synopsis of how the Supreme Court ruled on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

    1. The entire ACA was upheld. 
    2. The Individual Mandate was ruled Constitutional, but individuals who refuse to comply would pay a tax.  
    3. The Medicaid provision (expansion) was limited but not invalidated.     
    4. Because the whole ACA was deemed constitutional, the provision requiring insurers to cover young adults until they are 26 survives as well.

    Now on to the media stories:
  2. President Obama’s sweeping health care law was upheld by the Supreme Court on Thursday morning, but the court’s 5-4 decision went too far for some and not far enough for others.
  3. How the ACA Supreme Court ruling could impact the federal level
  4. How the ACA Supreme Court ruling could impact the state level