The Heritage Foundation hosts a discussion on Thursday's Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act health care law and will hear reactions from plaintiffs in the case.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott discusses the ruling from the states' perspective. Texas was one of 26 states challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
He discussed the effect that politics has on the court, saying that President Obama put Elena Kagan on the Supreme Court because he knew how she would vote. He also said that Former President George W. Bush appointed people with an ideological position similar to his. Mr. Abbott was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court by George W. Bush when he was Governor of that state.
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Executive Director Karen Harned talks about the impact of the Court’s decision on states and small businesses. NFIB was one of the plaintiffs in the case. She used specific examples to demonstrate how small business owners are perceiving the law and argued that it will prevent them from growing.
Heritage scholars follow with a panel discussion examining the impact the Court’s decision will have on health care, religious liberty, and limited government.