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DC Court of Appeals Upholds Health Care Law

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Obama signs the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. It's now up to the Supreme Court (official White House photo by Pete Souza)

You can add another court decision to the growing stack of rulings about the constitutionality of the new health care law and its individual mandate.

A panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has affirmed a lower court ruling that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. You can read the decision here. (hit tip Aravosis)

In a 2-1 decision the Appeals Court concluded that the commerce clause does give Congress the power to make individuals obtain health insurance.

We have now had multiple Courts of Appeals ruling on the issue with some courts declaring the individual mandate is constitutional and others concluding that the provision exceeds the constitutional powers given to Congress.

While this most recent decision should be of interest to legal scholars, at this point the issue is effectively guaranteed to end up before the Supreme Court. Ultimately the constitutionality of the individual mandate and potentially the entirety or at least related provisions of the Affordable Care Act will be decided by the nine Supreme Court Justices. That will be the only ruling on the issue that really matters.

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DC Court of Appeals Upholds Health Care Law

You can add another court decision to the growing stack of rulings about the constitutionality of the new health care law and its individual mandate.

A panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has affirmed a lower court ruling that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. You can read the decision here. (hit tip Aravosis)

In a 2-1 decision the Appeals Court concluded that the commerce clause does give Congress the power to make individuals obtain health insurance.

We have now had multiple Courts of Appeals ruling on the issue with some courts declaring the individual mandate is constitutional and others concluding that the provision exceeds the constitutional powers given to Congress.

While this most recent decision should be of interest to legal scholars, at this point the issue is effectively guaranteed to end up before the Supreme Court. Ultimately the constitutionality of the individual mandate and potentially the entirety or at least related provisions of the Affordable Care Act will be decided by the nine Supreme Court Justices. That will be the only ruling on the issue that really matters.

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com