OPINION: What’s Ahead for the Affordable Care Act?

What’s ahead for the ACA?

Since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, the law has survived numerous legal and political challenges.

Yet the King v. Burwell case being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court may impose ACA’s most formidable challenge yet. If the Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs, health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans could be considered invalid — quite possibly putting health coverage for those individuals (not to mention, the country’s private health insurance market) in peril.

With the Supreme Court’s decision looming, Colorado Center on Law & Policy’s Allison Neswood developed a thoughtful, well-researched and concise analysis looking back at the circumstances that inspired the ACA and Colorado’s leadership role in reforming health care. The analysis also examines the triumphs and tribulations that the law has encountered since its passage and spells out why (even if the Court upholds the law) the business of health care reform isn’t finished. In addition, Allison explained why Colorado will avoid much of the fallout from the decision — regardless of how the Court rules — in this CCLP blog posting.

In the weeks and months to follow, CCLP will keep Coloradans informed about the decision and whatever fallout ensues.

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Bob Mook

Bob Mook is Communications Director for the Colorado Center for Law and Policy. Learn more about CCLP at their website.