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U. S. Supreme Court to Rule on Constitutionality of Affordable Care Act



By : Neil L. Wojtal


The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the arguments brought by 26 states questioning the right of Congress to mandate Americans to purchase health care coverage. The Court has agreed to hear oral arguments on the following issues:






  1. Two hours on the constitutionality of the requirement that virtually every American obtain health insurance by 2014.
  2. Ninety minutes on whether some or all of the overall law must fail if the mandate is struck down as unconstitutional.
  3. One hour on whether the Anti – Injunction Act bars some or all of the challenges to the insurance mandate brought by the 26 states that joined in the lawsuit. The Anti-Injunction Act prohibits a federal court from issuing an injunction against a proceeding in state court.
  4. One hour on the constitutionality of the expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled. This issue focuses on whether the states can be forced by the federal government to expand their share of Medicaid costs and administrative expenses with the risk of losing federal funding if they refuse.

The underlying issue is whether the commerce clause of the U. S. Constitution supports the right of Congress to pass the Act which includes the insurance mandate or whether the Act violates the commerce clause and is therefore unconstitutional.


The Court will probably hear oral arguments in February or March, 2012 with an opinion expected in June, 2012.


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