President Obama at health care event Source: www.presstv.ir (accessed Aug. 26, 2011)
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled (2-1) that the insurance mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is unconstitutional. Friday's ruling by the Atlanta court is the first appellate review to find the insurance mandate unconstitutional.
The requirement for Americans to purchase health insurance is a major provision of the Mar. 2010 health care overhaul championed by President Obama. The court upheld the constitutionality of the rest of the law, but said "what Congress cannot do under the Commerce Clause is mandate that individuals enter into contracts with private insurance companies for the purchase of an expensive product from the time they are born until the time they die.”
Source: Michael Cooper, "Health Law Is Dealt Blow by a Court on Mandate,” www.nytimes.com, Aug. 12, 2011
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