Friday, March 30, 2012

SCOTUS DECISION ON OBAMACARE

After three days of hearings about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court justices will make their decision.

This week's hearings were in many ways unprecedented.  Typically, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) allows brief hearings on law they have chosen to review.  However, due to the complexity of making a ruling upon the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court allowed three days of hearings about 4 hours each day.  The Supreme Court justices will need to determine if the Act's individual mandate for each citizen to purchase the government plan is constitutional.  In addition, they will need to decide whether striking down the individual mandate will rule the entire act null.  

All of the Supreme Court justices gathered today to make their individual decision about the fate of the act.  They met privately in the Supreme Court building.  Each will make their decisions.  Chief Justice John Roberts will confer with the justices about the final ruling based on the majority decision of the justices.  Then, Chief Justice Roberts will assign one justice to write the ruling in support of the decision.  He will also assign one justice with the duty to write a dissenting opinion to the ruling.  The ultimate decision will most likely be publicly announced in June.  This Supreme Court session ends the end of June.

On a rare occasion, the decision does leak out to the public.  So, as the justice's assigned to write the decisions for and against the decision involve their staff and legal support, there could be a slip of the decision to the media.  We'll wait and see what happens.

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