Chat Recap: Supreme Court on Healthcare

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

This afternoon at 2, Anna Sale and Brian Lehrer hosted a live chat on the Supreme Court hearings. They were joined by The Takeaway host Celeste Headlee, health care reporter Fred Mogul and others to parse out what’s at stake. Read a recap of the live chat below.

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Our primers, coverage, and explainers on the health care case.

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The Brian Lehrer Show has also been hosting conversations about the case proceedings every day this week. Listen to the segments below.


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Comments [5]


I caught the rest of Brian Lehrer/ IAFC's coverage of the ACA oral arguments but missed this. But, thanks for posting the discussion after the fact. :)

Apr. 02 2012 06:00 PM
Richard Foulkes MD from Chicago

It is always interesting to hear a conservative like our Prof Epstein who can not speak without using partisan pronouns. He is a legal scholar but cannot discuss the law. He instead discusses his opinions of the business opinions. He is the essence of a prejudiced speaker who is supporting his grant from the Hoover institution.

Mar. 28 2012 01:37 PM
David Behrman from Houston, TX

All but two states require drivers to purchase auto insurance before they can get a license and/or register their vehicle. The two other states require that drivers prove they can be financially responsible in case of an accident.

How are those requirements materially different than the federal government requiring citizens -- who know they WON'T be turned away from an emergency room, insured or not -- to carry some kind of health insurance?

Maybe if the Supreme Court turns the healthcare bill down, Congress can just pass a law allowing hospitals to turn the uninsured away. Then cities can pile up the bodies on the streets until trash pick up day.

Mar. 27 2012 03:24 PM
Maria from Westchester County NY

Not sure these two go together, but if it is legal to require voters to bring id with them to vote (which is in contention in many states, in fact), why would it not be legal to require people to purchase health insurance.

From a different point of view, how is the health insurance mandate anything other than a tax? If you must purchase it, it's similar to Social Security. You don't actually "buy" Social Security, but you are required to pay into it if you work, so how is this different. The only difference is that you are acquiring the object of the tax with greater immediacy than is the case with Social Security, which is meant to be a retirement plan.

Mar. 27 2012 01:55 PM
Political Pop

health insurance for me and my wife would be 600-800 dollars a month i make like 1000 dollars a month does that make since?

Mar. 27 2012 01:09 PM

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