Rutgers Health Care Policy Expert Available to Discuss Texas Ruling on Affordable Care Act as Unconstitutional

New Brunswick, NJ (Dec. 18, 2018) – Michael K. Gusmano, a professor at the Rutgers School of Public Health and its Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, can provide insight on the recent ruling by a Texas judge that declared the Affordable Care Act, and many of its provisions, unconstitutional. 

Immediate Impact

“In the short term, there is some concern that the ruling may lead to confusion and discourage people from signing up for insurance. In the longer term, however, I agree with the U.S. Constitution experts who think it is unlikely the decision will be upheld. And the Affordable Care Act is likely to withstand challenge,” Gusmano said.

Political Implications

“In terms of the political implications, I think this may turn out to be a terrible decision for Republicans. The Affordable Care Act enjoys strong public support and the Democrats are likely to highlight the fact that the Republican tax law put the Affordable Care Act in jeopardy even while the Republican Congress and the administration failed to develop an acceptable alternative,” Gusmano said.




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