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  • Main Title Health Care: Constitutional Rights and Legislative Powers


  • Author: Swendiman, Kathleen S.
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Legislative Attorney


  • Name: Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service.
    Place of Publication: Washington D.C.


  • Creation: 2012-03-23


  • English


  • Content Description: The health care reform debate raises many complex issues including those of coverage, accessibility, cost, accountability, and quality of health care. Underlying these policy considerations are issues regarding the status of health care as a constitutional or legal right. This report analyzes constitutional and legal issues pertaining to a right to health care, as well as the power of Congress to enact and fund health care programs. Following the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, P.L. 111-148, legal issues have been raised regarding the power of Congress to mandate that individuals purchase health insurance, and the ability of states to "nullify" or "opt out" of such a requirement. These issues are also discussed.
  • Physical Description: 22 pages.


  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Medical care
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Access to health care
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Health policy
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Medicaid
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Medicare
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Health insurance

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  • Place Name: United States


  • Name: Congressional Research Service Reports
    Code: CRSR


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

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  • Report


  • Text


  • CRS Report Number: R40846
  • Accession or Local Control No: R40846_2012Mar23
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc86551