Another quick update on the legal battle over healthcare reform. Yet another federal court of appeals has upheld the controversial Affordable Care Act which would overhaul the nation’s healthcare system. This time it’s the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia which has struck down the constitutional challenge and ruled the Affordable Care Act Constitutional.
It’s the second time this year that a federal appellate court with a majority of Republican appointees has backed the law and its insurance mandate. The conservative-leaning U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia was expected to rule the health insurance mandate unconstitutional, as the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta did earlier this year.
Instead, the majority opinion rejected the argument that the health insurance mandate is an unconstitutional expansion of federal power. “The right to be free from federal regulation is not absolute and yields to the imperative that Congress be free to forge national solutions to national problems,” wrote Judge Laurence H. Silberman, a Reagan appointee.
If you’re keeping a scorecard, this marks the third federal court of appeals to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Only the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta has ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional so far. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the Affordable Care Act sometime next year.
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