of the American Public Health Association, said responses from his members to the legal jousting at the Supreme Court echo “the usual queasiness you get in a tight basketball game.”
Organizations representing physicians and hospitals have warned their members not to leap to conclusions. For instance, the American Hospital Association pointed out that some observers assumed the law was in trouble when it faced aggressive questioning from a panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. But the panel upheld the entire law.
In talking to officials at member hospitals, “We made it clear that you can’t with any reliability determine what the court is going to do based on the oral argument,” said Melinda Hatton, AHA senior vice president and general counsel.
The law has already and will increasingly affect nearly every type of healthcare provider, and providers have raised concerns that the court could strike down the coverage expansions and leave the law’s cost-saving provisions. The AHA estimated the law would reduce hospital