“Just days before the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide whether to grant review of issues surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), an influential federal appeals court Nov. 8 declared constitutional a key provision of the federal health reform law (Seven-Sky v. Holder, D.C. Cir., No. 11-5047, 11/8/11).
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia holding that Congress had authority, under the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause, to enact the individual mandate—a provision that would require virtually all citizens to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty.
In an opinion by Judge Laurence H. Silberman, the court said neither the text of the Constitution nor Supreme Court precedent supported the challengers’ position that Congress acted outside the bounds of its constitutional power. It became the second federal appeals court to hold the mandate constitutional.”
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