The Biggest Healthcare Cases for the Supreme Court in 2016

The Supreme Court is set to take up several cases in 2016 that could have big ramifications for abortion, Obamacare and even the insurance industry.

Here is a look at the biggest cases to be decided next year:


The court decided earlier this year to take up the biggest abortion case in years.

The case, Whole Women’s Health v. Cole, centers on a 2013 Texas law that is one of the strictest in the nation. The law forces abortion clinics to meet the requirements of ambulatory surgical centers and requires doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. A key question before the court is whether the restrictions are far-reaching obstacles for women who want to have an abortion.

The case also will attempt to decipher the boundaries of a 1992 compromise in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The ruling in that case found that any restriction on abortion must not be an “undue burden,” meaning a state law cannot create substantial obstacles for a woman seeking an abortion.