Titanic Thursday: When SCOTUS rules on health care law

At least that’s what MPR News Washington reporter Brett Neely is calling it. He’s referring, of course, to the highly anticipated ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act. Everyone in the news business, it seems, has been on pins and needles as we await this ruling. Will it be overturned? Will it be upheld? Can the elements of the bill that people like remain even if the individual mandate is declared unconstitutional?

This has been a hard one to prepare for. We’ve known for months that the decision would come down in late June, but we haven’t known what day it would happen. So for the last week we’ve been preparing for every day as if it could be the day. It’s meant putting a lot of people on standby. And leave it to the Supreme Court to be the only branch of government that doesn’t have any leaks.

There’s a lot we don’t know about what will happen Thursday. What we do know is that the ruling is likely to come down early in the 9am hour, and so we’ve lined up health care and legal experts to help explain what the ruling means. So if you’re tuning in between 9 a.m. and noon, you’ll be hearing a lot of different voices and opinions on the ruling.

Now I have read that there is the potential, of course, that the Court might decide to push the ruling off into July. But I’m just going to pretend that’s not an option.

–Chris Dall, senior producer