Court to Review Healthcare Law
Special Report - November 17, 2011
After a lengthy review of preliminary arguments, the United States Supreme Court has agreed to review three lawsuits challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the controversial federal health care law passed in 2010. In the official order granting review for the cases, released on November 14, the Court agreed to hear a total of five and a half hours of oral arguments.
According to SCOTUS blog, the Court will “hold two hours of argument on the constitutionality of the requirement that virtually every American obtain health insurance by 2014, 90 minutes on whether some or all of the overall law must fail if the mandate is struck down, one hour on whether the Anti-Injunction Act bars some or all of the challenges to the insurance mandate, and one hour on the constitutionality of the expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled. The Court chose those issues from appeals by the federal government, by 26 states, and by a business trade group.” Additionally, SCOTUS blog notes that the “the final ruling is expected to emerge from the Court in June.”
Pam Bondi, the Attorney General of the state of Florida, issued a response to the Court’s announcement. “We are hopeful that by June 2012 we will have a decision that protects Americans' and individuals' liberties and limits the federal government's power,” she said. “We look forward to presenting oral argument and defending our position that the individual mandate is unconstitutional, that the entire law fails if one part fails, that the Anti-Injunction Act does not apply, and that Medicaid's expansion is unlawfully coercive."
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