September 18, 2014

Concern and consequences on the eve of the Supreme Court’s decision on health care reform

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling could come any day on healthcare reform.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln constitutional law professor Eric Berger says the ruling could have dramatic consequences beyond health care reform.

Berger says the three major sources of federal congressional power are at issue in this case. He says those include Congresses’ power to regulate interstate commerce, taxing power and power to give money to the state provided that the state follows certain conditions.

Berger adds that if the court decides to strike down all or part of the affordable care act could call into serious question the constitutionality of federal programs ranging from things like highway funds to Medicaid and medicare.