Healthcare Congress exceeded authority

We know when it comes to Washington and courts, Washington always wins. Today was a good day as we saw a freedom protected. It is scary when the government can mandate you have to do something. President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law suffered a setback when anUS Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, ruled 2 to 1 that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but it unanimously reversed a lower court decision that threw out the entire law. So even though it was a win it was a little hollow because we do not care about the people forced to buy healthcare we care about the people who will be allowed healthcare that cannot afford it forcing the people who do pay to pay more. We fully expect the US Supreme Court will eventually make the call. There is a pretty strong argument that without the mandate, which goes into effect in 2014, the entire law falls. It is not a leap because if you can opt out than you do not have to pay your share, for the people whom cannot pay. President Obama who has never stopped championing the individual mandate as a major accomplishment of his presidency might find it a tough sell for relection. The administration still believes this is a way to try to slow the soaring costs of healthcare while expanding coverage to the more than 30 million Americans without it. The case is moving and because this ruling conflicts with another appeals court ruling that upheld the law, the Supreme Court is expected to take it up during its term that begins in October with a ruling possible just months before the November 2012 presidential election.

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