Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear argument on the central issue in the challenges to the Affordable Care Act, whether the individual mandate which requires almost all Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a fine is constitutional. Exemptions are allowed for persons unable to afford to purchase insurance.
A survey of Supreme Court clerks and lawyers found that most of them expect that at least the central portions of President Obama’s health-care law will stand inspection by the justices. Only 35 percent of insiders surveyed thought it likely that the highest court in the land would nix the individual mandate. According to the roundup, even those who had clerked for the court’s conservative justices said that the chances they’d uphold the mandate topped 50 percent.
The most sweeping provisions of the Affordable Care Act don't take effect until 2014, when in the state of Michigan alone, another 500,000 people become eligible for Medicaid.