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Affordable Care Act Decision Increases Need to Train More Doctors

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) means 32 million newly insured Americans will be entering the health care system.  This makes addressing the nation’s physician shortage—projected to climb to more than 90,000 by 2020—more important than ever.  Additional residency slots and increased funding for doctor training will ensure that Americans have access to care, not just an insurance card.


About the Supreme Court ACA Ruling

AAMC Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on ACA

AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act.


Affordable Care Act Key Points

Key points on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius.


Initial AAMC Analysis of ACA Decision

AAMC staff have prepared the following initial analysis of the Court’s decision. We will provide more information, particularly on the ruling’s implications for the law’s Medicaid expansion, in the coming days.


Second Opinion: Now You Have Health Care Coverage—But Who Will Treat You?

Authored by Chief Public Policy Officer Atul Grover, M.D., Ph.D., Second Opinion offers a lively, informed review of major legislative actions.


Comments from AAMC Chief Scientific Officer Ann Bonham, Ph.D. on PCORI and ACA

This morning's decision from the Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act ensures that millions of Americans will now have access to health insurance. The decision also ensures that the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) can continue its important work. 


AAMC To The Point--Supreme Court

AAMC's Health Care Affairs initial analysis of the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act.


ACA Resources

National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


U.S. Supreme Court ACA Amicus Brief #1

The AAMC Jan. 6 joined several hospital associations in an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court on the first of several issues set for argument on the Affordable Care Act. The brief addresses the issue of “severability.”


U.S. Supreme Court ACA Amicus Brief #2

The AAMC joined several hospital associations in an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court on January 13, supporting the individual mandate’s constitutionality in the Affordable Care Act.


U.S. Supreme Court ACA Amicus Brief #3

The AAMC joined several hospital associations in an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court, supporting the Medicaid expansion within the Affordable Care Act.


Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Cases (U.S. Supreme Court)

The U.S. Supreme Court's Web site dedicated to the Affordable Care Act


Physician Shortage to Worsen Without Increases in Residency Training

The passage of health care reform, while setting in motion long-overdue efforts to insure an additional 32 million Americans, will increase the need for doctors and exacerbate a physician shortage driven by the rapid expansion older Americans.

ACA Timeline

Supreme Court

June 2012
Supreme Court Rules on ACA

March 2012
Supreme Court hears oral arguments

Nov. 2011
Supreme Court agrees to hear ACA cases
D.C. Court of Appeals upholds ACA

Sept. 2011
4th Circuit Court of Appeals vacates the Virginia ruling, citing that the state lacked standing

Aug. 2011
11th Circuit Court of Appeals affirms Florida v. U.S. Dept. Health and Human Services decision that the individual mandate is unconstitutional

Jan. 2011
Federal judge in Florida strikes down ACA in Florida v. U.S. Dept. Health and Human Services, ruling that the individual mandate exceeds Congress' authority to regulate interstate commerce

Dec. 2010
Federal district court in Virginia rejects ACA from a case brought forward by the state of Virginia, ruling that the individual mandate is unconstitutional

March 2010
President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act into law