The U.S. Supreme Court is expected this week to hand down its decision affecting the reach of the Affordable Care Act, more derisively referred to as Obamacare.
The court will be considering four seemingly straightforward questions, but the answers will impact health care on all levels.
In 2014, the sweeping health care law will require that almost all Americans have health insurance or pay a penalty.
That so-called individual mandate is the basis for most of this case. The questions before the court are.
-Is the case coming to court too early, since the health care law has not gone into effect yet and no penalties have occurred?
-Is the individual mandate constitutional? Thati is, can you make people buy something?
-If the mandate is unconstitutional, does that make the entire, massive law unconstitutional?
-Is it too intrusive on states for the law to expand Medicare coverage to more, low-income citizens? Medicare is a cost shared by states and critics argue it is too much of a burden already.
This may be one of the most anticipated decisions to come from the high court in history, impacting major sectors of the economy as well as state and federal beauracracies for years to come.