America’s Healthcare Future
Implications of the Upcoming Supreme Court Decision about the ACA

Summary

UPDATE: The Supreme Court has ruled on King v. Burwell. Reuters coverage here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/25/us-usa-court-healthcare-idUSKBN0P51V220150625

In a highly-watched case, the United State Supreme Court is preparing to rule on the latest challenge to the ACA, King v. Burwell. In anticipation, The Forum welcomed healthcare policy experts to explore the implications of the decision. How will the ruling affect individuals in states where the federal healthcare marketplace operates? How might insurance markets be impacted? What options might the U.S. Congress and states pursue should the court decide against federal tax subsidies? The Forum reviewed the potential repercussions of the court’s highly-anticipated decision.

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    Hello All,

    Thank you for joining us today. We will begin in a minute or two.

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    This video is from Reuters TV.

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    Our moderator today is Sharon Begley, Senior Health and Science correspondent, Reuters

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    We’re also happy to have with us today: Katherine Baicker, Robert Blendon and John McDonough, all from the Harvard Chan School, and, joining remotely, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum, and Former Director of the Congressional Budget Office.

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    Can’t hear the question…

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    We will post the full-length video on-demand on this site by the end of this week.

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  • Sintayehu Abebe woldie

    I think the ACA is a mechanism to exapand the Health insurance coverage especially for the poor.But cant it be more complicated to mange due to multi player in the market? Is that not good to consider National coverage of Health Insurance?

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    Thanks @Sintayehu Abebe woldie:disqus for the question!

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    We will start a Q&A soon. If you have a question for the panelists, please post them here. Or email them to the forum@hsph.harvard.edu

  • Carolyn Engelhard

    Could you also provide a transcript of the session later in the week?

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      Thanks for asking — yes, we will have a transcript posted here next week.

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    If you’re interested in following the King v Burwell case, you may want to check out http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/king-v-burwell/

  • Stephani Becker

    What do the panelists think are the best options for Partnership states (like Illinois) if the Supreme Court decides for the plaintiff?

    • The Forum Moderator

      Thanks! Great question. I’ve passed it along.

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    Just a quick reminder that we’ll post the full-length video on this site, as well as on YouTube and iTunes U. We’ll post the transcript next week, and the audio on iTunesU.

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    We will wrap up in a few minutes. Thank you all for joining us today.

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    Join us again on July 16, when we will discuss the intersection of sports and health. 12:30-1:30pm ET. That event will be in collaboration with NPR and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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    Thank you again! We’ll see what the SCOTUS decision brings.

  • Franck KOMAN

    I would like to say thank you for this forum.I want to tell you that supreme court decision don’t make a difference of people. THank you very much again.

  • Carolyn Engelhard

    Thanks for the forum — I look forward to reading the transcript.

  • Valentina Di Gregori

    Great discussion!Parties were fairly represented!I believe self decision for subsidies are not equal at all, what about health literacy and psychological impairment? We need to have a committment for our patients which brings us to suggest and inform on their opportunities and drive a choice which could improve health status. Are we still visioning health for our patients?Do we trust medicine and ourself enough to help people either economically either scientifically?Valentina Di Gregori MD,MSc,PhD