A NEW FORA.tv SERIES: This Thursday the United States Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the healthcare reform signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. To state the obvious, the decision will go one of three ways: wholly struck down (or dead on arrival), parts of it voided, or wholly upheld (the equivalent of a clean bill of health).
On the eve of this historic moment, FORA.tv presents a new video series, On Life Support: Healthcare Reform and the Supreme Court. We chose the title because of the many uncertainties surrounding the legislation as it stands today, and for the continued ambiguity sure to exist should the Court rule key elements of it unconstitutional, namely the individual mandate.
Our editors have selected more than 30 video programs to show the long and winding road to the Supreme Court showdown. These programs tackle many of the big questions of this thorny issue: What does universal care look like? How to pay for this increase in spending? Should there be a public option? What’s the role of insurance companies? Will this be the equivalent of The New Deal? Included are gems such as aPresident Ronald Reagan recording in which he speaks against socialized medicine in 1961, a face-off between Hilary Clinton and Newt Gingrich in 1995, and President Obama’s vow to overhaul healthcare at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
To gain a quick sense of the decades-long battle, enjoy this video featuring audio of President Reagan from 1961: