Mark T. Bullock, Mercy Health System; Joseph M. DiBella, man dir, exec vp; Conner Strong & Bukelew; Dahlia Lthwick, sr editor, Slate
On March 26, 27 and 28, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in one of the most significant cases to come before the court in decades. In Department of Health and Human Services, et al. v. Florida, et al., the Court addressed challenges to the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) on various grounds. The Court scheduled an almost unprecedented six hours of oral argument and reviewed over 130 amicus briefs filed in advance. Not since the Court’s deliberations in 1966 over the Voting Rights Act has an issue been granted this much time before the nation’s highest court. The decision will make constitutional law history and will fundamentally affect not only how healthcare is provided to Americans but also will determine the scope and breadth of the federal government’s powers under the U.S. Constitution for generations.
A panel of prominent healthcare and constitutional lawyers, a legal journalist and an insurance expert will analyze the decision and discuss the impact it will have on constitutional law and how healthcare will be delivered and financed in America.