This morning, as the Supreme Court begins three days of argument on the fate of the Affordable Care Act, it's worth noting that the ACA does much more than "mandate" the purchase of health insurance. The ACA tries to change the business of medicine. As explained in Sunday's Washington Post:
The two-year-old Affordable Care Act is mostly known for its mandate to expand insurance to 30 million more Americans within a decade. But much of the law is devoted to a more ambitious effort: an overhaul of the nation’s business model for medicine. It includes 45 changes to how doctors deliver care — and how patients pay for it. These reforms, if successful, will transform the health-care sector into one that places less emphasis on volume and more on value.
Significant changes to the medical business may remain even in the (unlikely) event that the Supreme Court strikes down some or all of the ACA. Read the entire Post story here.