The Westlaw editorial process for Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, part 7 (Analytical Content)
October 2, 2012
On the day of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling upholding key parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Westlaw Journals staff was delaying press time for three print publications in order to include coverage of the ruling, whichever way it might go.
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The Court’s term was about to end and it was clear the ruling was imminent. The writers monitoring legal developments for Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage, Westlaw Journal Health Law and Westlaw Journal Nursing Home had put together all of their 40-page issues. The news magazines were laid out and ready to print, save for front-page coverage of what would prove to be the most important health law decision in decades.
When the Court released its ruling, staff writer Brett Goncher immediately jumped in and wrote an article titled “Health mandate penalty is permissible tax, Supreme Court says in surprise ruling.” He geared his article to an attorney readership, with analysis of what the ruling might mean and comments from outside experts.
The article was ready for loading to Westlaw the same afternoon and the layout staff worked late to top off the issues waiting to go to print.
Going forward, Westlaw Journals continue to publish commentaries by outside authors offering advice and insights on the repercussions of this historic ruling.
You can find many additional articles on this decision on WestlawNext.
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