Michael Sparer on the Affordable Care Act

June 19, 2015Bookmark and Share

Any day now, the U.S. Supreme Court will render its decision in King vs. Burwell, the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act. This case is the third to reach the high court since the the law passed in 2010, and it centers on the question of whether individuals who purchase health insurance coverage through a federal exchange are entitled to federal subsidies to help pay for their coverage.

Michael Sparer, a professor of Health Policy and Management at the Mailman School of Public Health, is a leading expert in government health insurance programs. In this video, he discusses this complex and politically charged issue, and spells out the possible outcomes and their ramifications.

"It’s an enormously dramatic and important moment in the context and history of the Affordable Care Act, the health insurance insurance system and the health care system in the United States,” he says.