End of Week Round Up: SCOTUS/PPACA Edition

While we normally reserve Friday afternoon to create a resource for the past posts of the week, this Friday is better suited to take a look at the important Supreme Court arguments over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) scheduled for next week.  Expect daily analysis of the three days of oral arguments as well as a closer look at some of the 126 amicus briefs that were filed with the Supreme Court.

On the calendar:

From the SCOTUS blog, the issues for each case:

 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida 

Plain English Issue: (1) Whether Congress has the power under the Constitution to require virtually all Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty; and (2) whether the Anti-Injunction Act, which prohibits taxpayers from filing a lawsuit to challenge a tax until the tax goes into effect and they are required to pay it, prohibits a challenge to the Act’s provision requiring virtually all Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty until after the provision goes into effect in 2014.

Florida v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Plain English Issue: (1) Whether Congress can require states to choose between complying with provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or losing federal funding for the Medicaid program; and (2) whether, if the Court concludes that the provision of the Act requiring virtually all Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty is unconstitutional, the rest of the Act can remain in effect or must also be invalidated.

National Federation of Independent Business Owners v. Sebelius:

Plain English Issue: (1) Whether Congress can require states to choose between complying with provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or losing federal funding for the Medicaid program; and (2) whether, if the Court concludes that the provision of the Act requiring virtually all Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty is unconstitutional, the rest of the Act can remain in effect or must also be invalidated.

Clicking through each case title will bring you to the full SCOTUS issue analysis and provides the alloted time for each argument, as well as information about which cases are consolidated with other cases.

Next week should be exciting – check back often for updates and information!