The Supreme Court could uphold the entire law or could strike down the entire law. In between those two extremes, the court could also rule that the individual mandate is unconstitutional — while leaving the rest of the Affordable Care Act intact. A slight variation on that outcome would be for the court to strike down the mandate and two related provisions. Aside from the mandate, the law’s expansion of Medicaid is at issue in Thursday’s ruling, as well.
The high court could also surprise everybody and decide not to issue a ruling — accepting the argument that because nobody has yet paid a penalty for failing to purchase health insurance, the case is not yet ripe for the courts to decide.
Not sure when I’ll be able to check back in here at the blog, but I’ll be Tweeting developments later today as they are announced (as time permits for me). Make sure to bookmark and visit frequently the SCOTUSblog (Twitter page here) as they will likely be among the first to have information on today’s ruling. For what it’s worth, their highly respected blog is predicting a very disappointing day for conservatives, which makes me VERY nervous.
Oh, and yes – take a deep breath. This will be one of the (if not THE) defining rulings of our time, which will impact generations to come. Let’s hope SCOTUS gets it right.