Health care law


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress and then signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010.

On June 28, 2012 the Supreme Court rendered a final decision to uphold the health care law.  In June 2015, the Court ruled to uphold the law in King v. Burwell.


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Affordable Care Act (official text)

Affordable Care Act (summary)

Supreme Court decision (2012)

Supreme Court case King v. Burwell (SCOTUS Blog 2015)

Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS)

Media coverage of King v. Burwell

King v. Burwell (ruling)


Discussion questions

What is the Affordable Care Act?

What is another commonly-used name for it? (Obamacare) Does it matter which name is used? Why?

Why did President Obama work to enact the Affordable Care Act?

Has it been successful? Why or why not?

Has everyone supported it? Why or why not?

What is King v. Burwell? Why does it matter?

What is the Supreme Court's role in this matter? What is Congress' role? The President? Can you think of other examples of the three branches of government working together, or separately, on the same issue?

Why are official documents written and formatted the way they are?

If you were an elected official, what would you do about healthcare? Why? How?

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