Appeals Court Finds Obamacare Mandate For Individual Health Insurance Unconstitutional

Friday, August 12, 2011
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden

Another constitutional slap in the face for the constitutional scholar. Just out from Reuters: the 11th Circuit Court of “Appeals court rules that Obama’s healthcare law’s individual mandate to own health insurance unconstitutional.” It has thus found in favor of the 26 states that challeneged a requirement that Americans should purchase health insurance. What next: Obama takes Obamacare to the Supreme Court? And just when the summer seemed like it may finally get boring for a change…

From Reuters:

A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that President Barack Obama’s healthcare law requiring Americans to buy healthcare insurance or face a penalty was unconstitutional, a blow to the White House.

The U.S. Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, found that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but also ruled that the rest of the wide-ranging law could remain in effect.

The legality of the so-called individual mandate, a cornerstone of the healthcare law, is widely expected to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Obama administration has defended the provision as constitutional.

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