Key arguments; impact on Minnesotans

  • Updated: May 29, 2012 - 10:10 AM

In March, the Supreme Court heard arguments over three days on the health care law:

Monday, March 26: Arguments centered on whether the Supreme Court could rule on a law under which penalties won't be assessed until 2015.

Tuesday, March 27: The justices turned to the central issue: whether the insurance requirement, or mandate, is constitutional under Congress' power to regulate interstate commerce or its authority to impose taxes.

Wednesday, March 28: The court heard arguments on what happens to the rest of the law if the insurance requirement is found unconstitutional. And it took up whether the law, by expanding the Medicaid program, unconstitutionally coerces the states into spending more on health care for the poor.


The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling will have a major effect on Minnesota's growing population of uninsured citizens. If upheld, the Affordable Care Act will expand coverage to hundreds of thousands. If struck down, the roles of the uninsured, which swelled by 116,000 from 2007 to 2011, likely will continue to grow, state health officials say.

% of Minnesotans uninsured

2001: 6.1

2004: 7.7

2009: 9.0

2011: 9.1

Number of Minnesotans uninsured

2007: 374,000

2009: 480,000

2011: 490,000

Source: Minnesota Health Access Survey by the Minnesota Health Department and University of Minnesota School of Public Health.


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