AHCJ asks Supreme Court to permit broadcast of health reform arguments

About Jeff Porter

Jeff Porter is the director of education for AHCJ and plays a lead role in planning conferences, workshops and other training events. He also leads the organization's data collection and data instruction efforts.

AHCJ has asked Chief Justice John G. Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court to permit live audio and video coverage of the oral arguments next March in the case challenging congressional authority to mandate health insurance coverage and other provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

The Court has long permitted print journalists to cover its proceedings and, more recently, began offering time-delayed audio recordings of oral arguments. But AHCJ is pushing for real time audio and video coverage in this case, due to the historic significance of this case and potential impact on millions of Americans.

In the letter to Chief Justice Roberts, AHCJ contends that these provisions are inadequate for such a historic case with potentially sweeping impact on the health care system and millions of Americans.

The Radio Television Digital News Association has filed a similar request with the high court, as has C-SPAN and U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. The New York Times weighed in with an editorial last week.

See the AHCJ letter.

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