Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care Law
Broadcast Date: July 1, 2012
The United States Supreme Court's long-awaited ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act may have settled the matters of law, but the debate on whether or not it is right for the country continues.
In a 5-4 vote, the nation's highest court upheld the bulk of the law, including requiring all Americans to buy health insurance. Justices ruled that the penalty for not having health insurance could be considered a tax, and therefore is something that Congress can regulate.
The court also added restrictions, saying the federal government cannot take away all Medicaid funds from states, only the new money for the expansion.
To provide some perspective on the court's decision, Gene Patterson talks to Summit Medical Group CEO Tim Young and UT College of Nursing Associate Professor Carol Meyers.
Later, the Pundits Panel takes up the discussion. Gene is joined by former Knoxville City Council member Marilyn Roddy, Cortney Piper of Piper Communications, and 6 News political analyst George Korda.