Health Care Overhaul Raises Curtain On Act Two

Win for Obama, but no let-up in debate | Harvard Gazette – – November election will be referendum on reform, Harvard experts say.



Though the decision is widely viewed as a “win” for those who support universal access to health care, Robert Greenwald, clinical professor of law at HLS and director of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, said the victory is incomplete…

That’s because the court ruled that the federal government cannot cut Medicaid funding entirely if the states don’t agree to expand the program to cover more people, a key “stick” that would have extended government-sponsored health insurance to people with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. That move and the individual mandate would have provided the major avenues through which the uninsured were to be covered.

What that means, Greenwald said, is that advocates for universal access to health insurance now have to go to work in many states, seeking to convince state lawmakers that the now-voluntary expansion of Medicaid to those up to 133 percent of the poverty level is a good deal for their citizens.

“It’s going to be a tough row to hoe,” Greenwald said.

Harvard Gazette


Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative justice nominated by President George Bush in 2005, sided with the court’s more liberal members in the decision.

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