With the Supreme Court tackling constitutional challenges to the Affordable Care Act during oral arguments March 26-28, the Kaiser Family Foundation has published a 10-page primer of the issues and arguments before the court.

The issues cover the individual mandate, severability, expansion of Medicaid, the Commerce Clause, the Necessary and Proper Clause, taxing power, and the implications of up or down rulings on those issues.

The foundation also has released results of a survey on public views of the reform law. In particular, the survey finds more than half of respondents believe justices’ ideological views will play a major role in their decision.

The primer for oral arguments is available here and survey results are here. A feature story in the January issue of Health Data Management explained core issues before the court and their implications for health information technology provisions of the law.

— Joseph Goedert is a news editor for  Health Data Management, a SourceMedia publication.

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