The Mad Hatter Posted August 13, 2011 Share Posted August 13, 2011 A federal appeals court struck down a key part of President Obama's national healthcare law Friday, ruling that Congress does not have the power to require all Americans to buy health insurance. In a 2-1 decision, judges in Atlanta said this mandate is "unprecedented" and unlike any commercial regulation upheld in the past. Even during the Great Depression or World War II, "Congress never sought to require the purchase of wheat or war bonds, force a higher savings rate or greater consumption of American goods," the judges said. Although Congress may regulate those who buy insurance, it may not regulate those who "have not entered the insurance market and have no intention of doing so." The decision by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals is a victory for 26 states, led by Florida, which challenged the law as unconstitutional. However, the judges agreed that the rest of the law beyond the mandate is constitutional. The decision now sets the stage for a Supreme Court ruling in the next year that could determine the fate of the huge healthcare reform law. In June, an appeals court in Ohio upheld the law in a 2-1 decision. sauce Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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