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March 26, 2012
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Supreme Week
Everybody Cares—Not Just Us
Not Quite the Birthday Party of Its Dreams
A Few Other Things Did Happen in Washington Last Week
What We’re Reading (Supreme Court Edition)
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Supreme Week

The big week is finally here! The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the constitutional challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), widely known as NFIB v. Sebelius and HHS v. Florida, starting today. Some are likening the case to the health wonk Super Bowl, and while we did briefly consider using that analogy as justification to consume nachos and beer at lunch, we actually think this case is much, much more important. To quote a dedicated NAHU member from Texas, Misty Baker, “no matter your job, political beliefs, religion or marital status, this week's Supreme Court hearing will impact your life.” Read More

Everybody Cares—Not Just Us

Sometimes we feel a little bit guilty subjecting Washington Update readers to all of our musings on various obscure health policy topics, but apparently the vast majority of Americans are also mildly obsessed with the Supreme Court’s activities this week (or at least claim to be). A poll commissioned by C-SPAN and released last Friday indicates that a whopping 95 percent of Americans are interested in the Supreme Court activity concerning PPACA, and 91 percent of respondents will either pay “somewhat” or “very” close attention to news reports concerning the case. Furthermore, 74 percent of those surveyed fell into the wishful thinking crowd and had hoped that the proceedings would be televised. Read More

Not Quite the Birthday Party of Its Dreams

Amidst all of the Supreme Court hoopla, PPACA did celebrate its second birthday last Friday. At first the Obama administration tried to downplay the event, but after facing harsh criticism for ignoring the occasion, they decided to release a report touting the law’s benefits and invite some key supporters over to the White House for cupcakes. Read More

A Few Other Things Did Happen in Washington Last Week

It’s not just all Supreme Court all the time around here. Congress and the administration did work on a few other things of interest last week. Read More

What We’re Reading (Supreme Court Edition)

This week, we can't get enough Supreme Court analysis. Read More

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