I predict we’ll wind up seeing a Circuit split on the whole set of messes referred to as ObamaCare.
By Jeremy Pelofsky and James Vicini | Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s healthcare law suffered a setback Friday when a U.S. appeals court ruled that it was unconstitutional to require all Americans to buy insurance or face a penalty.
The Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, found that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but also reversed a lower court decision that threw out the entire healthcare law.
The legality of the individual mandate, a cornerstone of the healthcare law, is widely expected to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Opponents have argued that without the mandate, which goes into effect in 2014, the entire law falls.
How long until the Supreme Court takes up the issue?