This is it. In minutes from now, the Supreme Court will rule on the Affordable Care Act, potentially impacting the access to health insurance for millions of Americans and certainly the legacy of the 44th President. The case will be announced from the bench, roughly starting at around 10:00am ET. There are other cases that will be announced today, so we may not know about the health care ruling right away.
David Shuster is reporting live from the steps of the Supreme Court , and of course the best way to get the information from inside the chamber is SCOTUSBlog .
While Jon Walker will give policy analysis, throughout the day I’ll be gathering reactions from lawmakers and stakeholders, so see where we go next. House Republicans have already made their determination: they will move to repeal the entire law , regardless of the outcome. It’s just a question of how much they’ll try to repeal. As for the Democratic side, the President will make a statement today, in all likelihood. But the strategy is really unclear. Some progressives are using this as a means to make a push for single-payer; the Progressive Change Campaign Committee will gather at 11am with several House Democrats at a news conference calling for that. Tom Harkin says that he has legislation ready to go in case of any contingency. But the fight will probably shift, in some fashion, to the states, which can pick up the pieces by passing their own guaranteed issue regime with some encouragement to purchase insurance, or go further and use this as a moment for a broader-reaching universal coverage plan.
Or the Court can uphold the whole law and we can all go home in the same place