Affordable Care Act

Gideon Rachman

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There is an old joke that the foreigners should be allowed to vote in US presidential elections because the result matters so profoundly to the rest of the world. Worried global investors might now extend that idea to Congressional elections as well – as the US government shutdown shakes global markets, with the promise of far worse to come if Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling in a couple of weeks time, and the American government defaults on its debts as a result.

For much of the rest of the world, America’s actions seem bafflingly illogical and self-harming. The reality, however, is that the Republican congressmen who have pushed this over the brink are not (by and large), crazy. It is just that their political incentives are now stacked towards confrontation with President Obama.  Read more >>

After a tense wait, the US Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the core components of the Affordable Care Act, a victory for the president. Many had expected the fate of the law to lie in the hands of Anthony Kennedy, but it was in fact the Chief Justice John Roberts who made the decisive vote.

This graphic explains how each judge voted and previous landmark judgments that the court has made. Read more >>

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The US Supreme Court is expected to rule this Thursday on whether or not the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – rechristened “Obamacare” by its detractors – is constitutional.

Find out more about Obamacare, the justices making the decision and the nitty-gritty elements of this ruling with these articles: Read more >>

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