Article preview from "The Pink Sheet"- June 25, 2012
The pending Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act may have forced negotiators to finish quicker than they would have liked as legislators indicate some more time may have produced an agreement on track-and-trace standards; stakeholders may question whether the bill could have been improved had the deadline not been looming.
The reconciled FDA Safety and Innovation Act received mostly praise from Congress and stakeholders as it once again sailed easily through the House of Representatives.
But after the Senate completes a likely quick passage the week of June 25 and President Obama signs the bill, questions could be asked about whether the speed of reconciliation and final passage may have hurt it.
Once the Supreme Court decided to take on challenges to the Affordable Care Act, however, that date gained much more significance. The last week of June is traditionally the last week of a Supreme Court term and now likely will be the week the court issues its decision on whether to strike down all or parts of the controversial law or uphold it .