Breaking: Supreme Court to hear challenge to health care law

The Supreme Court has announced it will hear a challenge to the health care reform law passed on 2010. Challenges to the law’s constitutionality appeared immediately after the bill was signed. The Obama administration apparently urged the court to take up this case in an attempt to settle the constitutionality question. Oral arguments could be heard by March and there should be a decision in late June.

The court is only hearing one of three appeals, this one from the 11th Circuit Court in Atlanta. That court was the only one to strike down the “individual mandate” requiring people have health care coverage. However, the court separated out the mandate, letting the rest of the law stand. The Supreme Court will decide both if the mandate is unconstitutional and if so if the rest of the law will be struck down as well.

I’m certainly concerned about seeing this challenge in front of such a conservative court. I mean, who knows what you’re going to get from a court that says corporations are people. But unfortunately this challenge does need to be resolved. The decision will hold a lot of political significance, as it will come at the height of the presidential campaign.

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Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

Jos Truitt is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Development.

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