Health care ruling expected on Thursday

Health care ruling expected on Thursday

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 25: A TV camera is set up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court June 25, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its ruling on the Healthcare Reform Law soon. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Posted on June 25, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 25 at 8:54 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court will issue its last opinions on Thursday, with its decision on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul expected to come down that day.

The court will begin its summer recess after announcing its decisions, with health care topping the list of undecided cases. The court also still has to decide cases on lying about military medals and real estate kickbacks.

The court cleared two of its major cases off its docket on Monday, throwing out much of Arizona's new immigration law and deciding that sentencing juveniles to life in prison without possibility of parole qualified as a "cruel and unusual" punishment.

After Thursday, the justices won't meet publicly again in the Supreme Court until the first Monday in October.

 

 

 US health care reform efforts through history:
-By CONNIE CASS
   
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law comes after a century of debate over what role the government should play in helping people in the United States afford medical care. A look at the issue through the years:
   
1912: Former President Theodore Roosevelt champions national health insurance as he unsuccessfully tries to ride his progressive Bull Moose Party back to the White House.
   
1929: Baylor Hospital in Texas originates group health insurance. Dallas teachers pay 50 cents a month to cover up to 21 days of hospital care per year.
   
1935:  President Franklin D. Roosevelt favors creating national health insurance amid the Great Depression but decides to push for Social Security first.
   
1942:  Roosevelt establishes wage and price controls during World War II. Businesses can't attract workers with higher pay so they compete through added benefits, including health insurance, which grows into a workplace perk.
   
1945:  President Harry Truman calls on Congress to create a national insurance program for those who pay voluntary fees. The American Medical Association denounces the idea as "socialized medicine" and it goes nowhere.
   
1960:  John F. Kennedy makes health care a major campaign issue but as president can't get a plan for the elderly through Congress.
   
1965:  President Lyndon B. Johnson's legendary arm-twisting and a Congress dominated by his fellow Democrats lead to creation of two landmark government health programs: Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for the poor.
   
1974:  President Richard Nixon wants to require employers to cover their workers and create federal subsidies to help everyone else buy private insurance. The Watergate scandal intervenes.
   
1976:  President Jimmy Carter pushes a mandatory national health plan, but economic recession helps push it aside.
   
1986:  President Ronald Reagan signs COBRA, a requirement that employers let former workers stay on the company health plan for 18 months after leaving a job, with workers bearing the cost.
   
1988:  Congress expands Medicare by adding a prescription drug benefit and catastrophic care coverage. It doesn't last long. Barraged by protests from older Americans upset about paying a tax to finance the additional coverage, Congress repeals the law the next year.
   
1993:  President Bill Clinton puts first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in charge of developing what becomes a 1,300-page plan for universal coverage. It requires businesses to cover their workers and mandates that everyone have health insurance. The plan meets Republican opposition, divides Democrats and comes under a firestorm of lobbying from businesses and the health care industry. It dies in the Senate.
   
1997: Clinton signs bipartisan legislation creating a state-federal program to provide coverage for millions of children in families of modest means whose incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid.
   
2003:   President George W. Bush persuades Congress to add prescription drug coverage to Medicare in a major expansion of the program for older people.
   
2008:  Hillary Rodham Clinton promotes a sweeping health care plan in her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. She loses to Obama, who has a less comprehensive plan.
   
2009:  Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress spend an intense year ironing out legislation to require most companies to cover their workers; mandate that everyone have coverage or pay a fine; require insurance companies to accept all comers, regardless of any pre-existing conditions; and assist people who can't afford insurance.
   
2010:  With no Republican support, Congress passes the measure, designed to extend health care coverage to more than 30 million uninsured people. Republican opponents scorned the law as "Obamacare."
   
2012: On a campaign tour in the Midwest, Obama himself embraces the term "Obamacare" and says the law shows "I do care."
 

 

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