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Jun 282012
 

The United States Supreme Court ruled today (https://www.scribd.com/doc/98542817/US-Supreme-Court-Health-Care-Law-Decision; obtained 6-28-12) in what may be termed a landmark decision which does appear consistent with The Hygiology Post Six Part Series : Healthy Change. The ruling does seem, overall, to be an apparent move towards increased health enhancement and health preservation for Americans.

An excerpt is presented below :

“SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
Syllabus
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS ET AL.
v. SEBELIUS, SECRETARY OF
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES,ET AL.
CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FORTHE ELEVENTH CIRCUITNo. 11–393. Argued March 26, 27, 28, 2012—Decided June 28, 2012*

 

In 2010, Congress enacted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in order to increase the number of Americans covered by health insurance and decrease the cost of health care. One key provision is the individual mandate, which requires most Americans to maintain’minimum essential’ health insurance coverage. 26 U. S. C. §5000A. For individuals who are not exempt, and who do not receive health insurance through an employer or government program, the means of satisfying the requirement is to purchase insurance from a private company. Beginning in 2014, those who do not comply with the mandate must make a ‘[s]hared responsibility payment’ to the Fed-eral Government. §5000A(b)(1). The Act provides that this ‘penalty’ will be paid to the Internal Revenue Service with an individual’s taxes, and ‘shall be assessed and collected in the same manner’ as tax penalties. §§5000A(c), (g)(1).
 
 
 
Another key provision of the Act is the Medicaid expansion. The current Medicaid program offers federal funding to States to assist pregnant women, children, needy families, the blind, the elderly, and the disabled in obtaining medical care. 42 U. S. C. §1396d(a). The Affordable Care Act expands the scope of the Medicaid program andincreases the number of individuals the States must cover. For example, the Act requires state programs to provide Medicaid coverageby 2014 to adults with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, whereas many States now cover adults with children only if their income is considerably lower, and do not cover childless adults at all. §1396a(a)(10)(A)(i)(VIII). The Act increases federal funding to cover the States’ costs in expanding Medicaid coverage. §1396d(y)(1). But if a State does not comply with the Act’s new coverage require-ments, it may lose not only the federal funding for those require-ments, but all of its federal Medicaid funds. §1396c.”

 

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