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Affordable Care Act case highlights era of strict statutory construction, Schapiro says

When the Supreme Court hears arguments next week on the validity of insurance premium subsidies connected to the Affordable Care Act, the Justices will be parsing words closely, in a decision that could affect millions of Americans' access to healthcare. Before 1980 or so, says Emory Law Dean Robert Schapiro, the courts would have considered the overarching purpose of the law--affordable healthcare for everyone. The focus now is on four crucial words within the act: "established by the state."
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