In March, the Supreme Court of the United States (Supreme Court) heard arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. How the Supreme Court rules will determine if the Affordable Care Act stays in place, or if some or all of the law goes away.
If the Supreme Court decides the case in June, as is expected, it will determine whether the individual mandate, which requires certain individuals to have a minimum level of health care coverage, is constitutional. If the individual mandate is constitutional then the requirement for individuals to have insurance or pay a penalty remains in effect. If the individual mandate is not constitutional, the Supreme Court may decide whether other related sections also go away. The Supreme Court may also decide whether the law's expansion of the Medicaid eligibility standards is constitutional.
Here are some possible outcomes of the Supreme Court's decision: