Tis the Season for Constitutional Challenges to PPACA

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

‘Tis the season to discuss the constitutionality of the healthcare reform bill, according to developments in Virginia and Florida last week. The bill was dealt a legal blow last Monday when a Virginia federal judge ruled unconstitutional the bill’s mandate for health insurance for all Americans beginning in 2014. Last Thursday, a federal judge in Florida began hearing arguments on the constitutionality of the same key provision, in response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of 20 states.

Meanwhile, a new Commonwealth Fund report featured in this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update looks ahead to 2014, detailing how more than 18 million men and women of a certain age will benefit once the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) kicks in completely.

More immediately, three of the four most critical aspects of PPACA are tied to finances, according to healthcare organizations responding to our 2011 Healthcare Trends & Forecasts e-survey in October. I encourage you to download the complimentary executive summary of these survey results, which should greatly assist you in your planning for the year ahead.

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