Court Looks To Massachusetts As It Upholds The Affordable Care Act
Today's 6-3 Supreme Court decision has Massachusetts health reform written all over it, right up front. After describing past failures to effectively reform health care coverage policy, Chief Justice Roberts turns to us, on pages 3-4 of the opinion:
We couldn't be prouder of the role Massachusetts has played in the formulation, passage and implementation of the ACA. We were the incubator of the ideas, the test bed for the policy, and, of course, our delegation, led by Senator Kennedy, was crucial in the law's passage. Now our success is pivotal to upholding the law, establishing it as part of the American landscape.
Today's court opinion leans heavily on the successful Massachusetts experience. As we are in the midst of implementing the next phase of health reform, exemplified by Chapter 224 from 2012, we're also encouraged by the ongoing role Massachusetts policy continues to play nationally.
- Brian Rosman