The Supreme Court met this week to make a decision, or at least hear both sides, to whether or not the health reform law should be thrown out. The main issue at bar is whether or not the government can force all Americans to get health insurance against their will. Many consumers can not afford health insurance because the monthly premiums are simply to high. Also, many of those same people can not qualify for public programs to obtain health insurance. Another big issue the Supreme Court will be ruling on is the expansion of Medicaid. The federal government is expanding its qualifications of getting Medicaid and is forcing each state to follow their new guidelines.
The judges that will be deciding on the ruling consists of nine judges, 4 democratic and 5 republican. If all the republican judges decide against the health reform, then the law will not stand. There has to be a majority ruling. The decision, however, will not be known until late June. Many state officials are waiting very anxiously on their decision. California states that they will move forward regardless of the ruling. The state government wants to make health insurance affordable for all Californians. They will try to proceed with the state exchange and to try to provide insurance to the currently 2 million uninsured.