What does today's Supreme Court ruling mean for you, the consumer? The Washington Post has a nifty feature that asks people four questions (about insurance coverage, household number, income and marital status) and, based on the answers, provides details on how their health-care coverage may be affected. The page also nicely summarizes the law:
Beginning in 2014, virtually all Americans will have to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty. There also will be new opportunities to get coverage, including state-based marketplaces known as exchanges* (through which individuals will be able to purchase private plans that meet strict benchmarks for quality) and federal subsidies to help low-income people buy plans on the exchanges.
Previously: Supreme Court mostly upholds Affordable Care Act