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The Constitution, The PPACA, and The U.S. Attempt to Fix its Broken Health Care System

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Constitution Day Forum

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In 2010, the United States enacted comprehensive health care reform legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Soon after the enactment, several lawsuits were filed challenging the constitutionality of the PPACA. Nearly two years later, on June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court released its decision upholding the constitutionality of the individual mandate and the Medicaid expansion provisions of PPACA (National Federation of Independent Business et al. v Sebelius). This presentation will analyze the implications of the Supreme Court decision and its impact on future efforts to improve the US health care system.

Gwendolyn Roberts Majette, J.D., LL.M. is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Center for Health Law and Policy at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Professor Majette received her undergraduate degree from Emory University, her J.D. from George Washington University School of Law, and her LL.M. in Global Health, with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Majette's scholarship focuses on patients' rights, delivery system reform, and health care reform. Her scholarship has been cited in a leading health law text and relied on by the United States Commission for Civil Rights and the Department of Health and Human Services. Professor Majette frequently consults on health care matters for the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, Professor Majette worked on Medicare, Medicaid and Health Care Reform policy as a Congressional Legislative Fellow with two of the five committees responsible for drafting health care reform legislation. She has taught contracts and various courses in the health law curriculum. Past courses include: Health Care Law and Policy; Health Care Finance and Access; Introduction to International Health, Human Rights and Public Health; Law and Medicine; and Bioethics.