Congressional Digest

Supreme Court Debates May 2012 No. 5 Vol. 15
Health Care Reform

Health Care Reform

The Constitutionality of the Insurance Mandate

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), signed into law on March 23, 2010, is the signature legislative accomplishment of President Barack Obama’s first term. A broad attempt to reform America’s health care system, the law’s key provisions include the extension of health insurance for young adults under their parents’ policies, small business tax credits, mandatory coverage of pre-existing conditions, the removal of lifetime caps on the amount of coverage, expanded coverage for name-brand drugs under Medicare, and extension of the Medicaid program to cover more of the poor.

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