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Professor Cheryl Hanna Explains Supreme Court Health Law Ruling

June 29, 2012

Vermont Law School Professor Cheryl Hanna provided Vermont Public Radio and other media with insight into the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision on President Obama's health care overhaul law.Image of Cheryl Hanna

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"Everyone of us is going to be either paying a penalty, now called a tax, or having health insurance," said Hanna, a nationally recognized expert on constitutional law, the U.S. Supreme Court and women and the law.

The original Affordable Care Act required states to expand their Medicaid coverage. If states chose not to do that, the law would take away all of their Medicaid funding, but the Supreme Court did not agree.

"And there the court said no, that states still have the right to refuse to expand under Medicaid but would still not be at risk of losing all of their funds," Hanna said.


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