Implications Are Far-Reaching in States’ Challenge of Federal Health Care Law
By ROBERT PEAR
Published: March 24, 2012
- WASHINGTON — A major issue in the Supreme Court battle over the new health care law is whether Congress can force states to make a huge expansion of Medicaid, to add millions of low-income people to the rolls.
- States say the federal law is unconstitutionally coercive because all their Medicaid money would be at risk if they flout the new requirement.
- The states’ argument has implications that go far beyond health care. It raises questions about Congress’s ability to attach conditions to federal grants to the states for other purposes, like education, transportation, law enforcement and protection of the environment.
The implications for the health care overhaul are also enormous. The Congressional Budget Office says that about half of the people expected to gain coverage under the new law — 16 million of the 31 million people — will get it through Medicaid. ..........
Times Topic: Health Care Reform