On Friday, October 28, in an action unanimously supported by our Board of Directors, The California Endowment filed an amicus curiae brief with the United States Supreme Court in support of the federal government's request that the Court accept an appeal of a lower court decision invalidating a portion of the Affordable Care Act. While the new health reform law continues to endure all manner of political and legal attacks across the nation, it is our view that this new law offers the best pragmatic set of remedies to solve the crisis of our dysfunctional, too-expensive, and unfair health care system.
Why is our foundation doing this? It is our view that the minimum coverage requirement -- also referred to as the individual mandate -- is central to making the Affordable Care Act work. It is clearly linked to commerce because uninsured Californians using expensive emergency rooms and hospitals for needed care drive up health care costs, and negatively impact our state's business climate. Moreover, let us count the ways of why this new law is critical to our nation's health and economic viability:
This new health law is worth fighting for, and we hope you agree. If you wish to read the foundation's amicus brief, authored by preeminent attorney Kathleen M. Sullivan, click here.