This week (March 26-28, 2012) marks the beginning of what will prove to be a landmark case as the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the health care overhaul passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2010. The Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014 or face a financial penalty—a mandate Republicans heatedly oppose that is causing the Court to be divided. The decision is due in late June and will affect the future of healthcare coverage in America. The ruling will also bear implications on the presidential race and could shape the legacies of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. as well as President Obama.
Given the highly anticipated nature of this Supreme Court hearing and its impact on all Americans, it’s important to follow coverage of the event. The Supreme Court’s website features the audio recordings and unofficial transcripts of the oral arguments, as well as orders, briefs, and other information regarding the Affordable Care Act cases. In addition to providing updated coverage and analysis, CNN features articles describing how the U.S. Supreme Court works and health care reform FAQ. You can also access other major news sites for updated stories.