As the national healthcare conversation pivots to questions of how to expand coverage to more Americans, the biggest step in this direction faces a dire legal challenge and potential upheaval for the healthcare industry.
A decision is expected any day now on a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, a law that is certainly no stranger to controversy and ire. The act protected coverage for pre-existing medical conditions in a change that proved pivotal to Americans. It also sought to bring down skyrocketing healthcare prices and push the industry toward payment based on value rather than volume.
The ruling will almost certainly be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has already weighed in on the topic multiple times.
Here's a timeline of key dates in the legal history of the influential law that changed the country's healthcare system.