December 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding the constitutionality of The Patient Care and Affordable Care Act in March 2012.  The Affordable Care Act stands as President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, promising affordable health insurance to every American.  Congress narrowly passed the statute in March 2010 after a heated national debateopponents quickly filed suit to have key provisions declared unconstitutional.  Of the four federal appellate courts to rule thus far, three have upheld the law in its entirety while one declared the Act’s key provision – the individual mandate – unconstitutional.  This newsletter will discuss the background and important provisions of the Act, key arguments on both sides of its constitutionality, and what will likely prove to be the most important factor in the Supreme Court’s ultimate decision.

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A Carver County District Court judge ruled against Lakeview Clinic’s motion for summary judgment and held that Madia Law client Dr. Sam Deweese should be allowed to proceed to trial on each of the seven counts pled in his complaint.

Dr. Deweese worked as a family practice physician for nearly twenty years at Lakeview and earned high praise from his patients.  He devoted his entire working life to the institution, committed himself to a high standard of excellence in his profession, and committed a large capital contribution in order to secure his partnership.  Dr. Deweese alleges that Lakeview’s relationship with him changed after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in summer 2007.

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