For seniors in the Richmond and greater Richmond metropolitan area, the upcoming Supreme Court term could inpact jurisprudence in this country for years to come, but how senior’s healthcare choices, housing options, and credit ratings are viewed is going to be the bigger issue locally.
Last term, the number of unanimous decisions covered 45% of the cases heard. Our three female justices were often in agreement, and along with Justice Breyer, were on the losing side in the courts 5-4 decisions a large percent of the time. The courts’ past decisions can be relevant this term.
This week we are going to review a few of the cases before the court, their importance to seniors in the Richmond area, and how they might impact the quality of our older citizens’ lives.
The week ahead- Cases before the Supreme Court affecting senior citizens
- Monday-An overview of four or five of the 70-80 cases the Supreme court will hear this term, with an explanation of the latin term, ‘certiorari’, which wiill be heard frequently in talking about them.
- Tuesday– Thomas Moore Law Center v. Obama. The Thomas Moore Law Center, on behalf of several individuals is challenging whether congress acted within it’s constitutional powers in passing the individual mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act.
- Wednesday– Florida v. Department of Health and Human Services, This case is Presidant Obama’s flagship case before the court. The 11th. Circuit Court declared the Healthcare mandate unconstitutional, and the President is anxious to get a decision as soon as possible, in his favor, he hopes.
- Thursday- Douglas v. Independent Living Center, For most low-income seniors, this case is very significant. The main question to be answered is whether or not health-care providers and Medicaid beneficiaries can sue the state over cuts to their reimbursments.
- Friday- CompuCredit v. Greenwood, deals with the question of whether a business that provides consumers with a ‘right to sue’ notice under the ‘Credit Repair Organizations Act’ actually has to let that individual go to court, or just accept arbitration as a substitute. This case may seem nondescript, but is actually very important to the need for good credit for older citizens.
- Saturday- This will be a wrap-up of the cases reviewed during the week. Healthcare, Medicaid, housing affordability and a good credit rating are all important to seniors today.
Older Americans continue to be an ever-growing and politically relevant part of the population in this country. Seniors need to be kept aware of the issues that are important to the quality of their lives, and these cases before the Supreme Court are a good place to start.