Appeals Court Rules Health Care Reform Unconstitutional
The summer has been a big month for court challenges to health care reform: In July, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as constitutional, and last week, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the opposite--sort of. In a 2-1 decision in the court case brought by the state of Florida and 25 other states, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals said the law's requirement that all individuals must purchase health insurance or face a financial penalty (the so-called "individual mandate") is unconstitutional, but it allowed the rest of the law to stand, thus reversing January's lower court decision that struck down the entire law as unconstitutional.
Last week's decision makes it even more certain that the Supreme Court will be the ultimate arbiter on this issue, given that the Court feels more inclined to step in when two or more lower courts disagree. There are still more than 20 cases against the law pending in federal court, so this story is far from over. Keep checking the RACBlog for updates!