April 4, 2012 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – The U.S. Supreme Court’s final decision on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will be a close call, according to Jennifer Kraft, an attorney with Seyfarth Shaw.
During an interview with PLANSPONSOR, Kraft discussed the oral arguments the Supreme Court heard for three days last week in regards the PPACA, including the individual health care mandate. A final decision on the constitutionality of the PPACA will be released in June.
Kraft, who attended the arguments last week, said, “It was fascinating to see the discussions on the individual mandates and the severability issue.”
Kraft said Justice Anthony Kennedy will be the swing vote on the matter.
She added that it will especially be a close decision in regards to the individual mandate, which requires all Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014 or face a penalty. She said however, it seems like the court may rule the mandate unconstitutional.