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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: The Constitutional Question of Our Generation

Written by: Courtnie Swearingen

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in recent history. The Act brought about sweeping health care reforms in a system that was desperate to control costs and cover millions of uninsured Americans. This article focuses on the two constitutional challenges brought to against the PPACA by twenty-six states, the individual mandate and the Medicaid expansion. The article breaks down how the court decided these two issues, the questions they were concerned with, and the impact their decision has had on the American public so far. It seeks to make the decision by the Supreme Court easy to understand, and focuses only on the most relevant portions of the Obama Administration’s central legislative accomplishment.

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