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Education law challenges loom after health care ruling

from Education Week

Legal analysts say that part of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the federal health care law will encourage states to challenge education laws and other federal aid programs and legislation passed under Congress' spending power, a pivotal aspect of the historic ruling. The justices ruled 5-4 to uphold a key provision of the Affordable Care Act — the requirement that individuals purchase a health insurance policy with at least a minimum level of coverage — as a valid exercise under Congress' taxing power. But the court effectively ruled 7-2 that the states could not be threatened with the loss of their existing Medicaid funding if they refused to participate in the law's expansion of the federal health care program for the poor. more

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