D.C. Circuit Upholds Individual Mandate Provision in PPACA

Today, in a 2-1 split decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the constitutionality of the individual health care mandate in the Patient Protection in Affordable Care Act. Writing for the majority, Judge Laurence H. Silberman rejected the opponents’ argument that the law exceeded the powers of Congress under the Commerce […]

Fourth Circuit Holds Virginia Lacks Standing to Challenge Individual Mandate

Today, in a unanimous decision authored by Judge Diana Gribbon Motz, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that the Commonwealth of Virginia has no standing to challenge the constitutionality of the individual mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  Unfortunately for those keeping a running tally, the […]

Federal Appellate Courts Now Split over PPACA’s Individual Mandate

Late Friday afternoon the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that PPACA’s “individual mandate” – requiring virtually every American to purchase health insurance by 2014 – is unconstitutional.  In a 2-1 opinion exceeding 300-pages in length, the majority reasoned that upholding the controversial mandate would grant Congress powers beyond those intended by the Constitution. The […]

Petition Filed with U.S. Supreme Court to Challenge PPACA’s Individual Mandate

A group of Michigan citizens, along with a public interest law firm, that last year filed the first federal action challenging the constitutionality of PPACA’s individual mandate are now trying to become the first to obtain the right to argue their case before the United States Supreme Court following a federal appellate court decision.

U.S. Sixth Circuit Upholds Affordable Care Act

On Wednesday, June 29, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati upheld the lower U.S. District Court’s ruling that the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that all Americans purchase health insurance (known as the “individual insurance mandate”) is constitutional and does not violate the extent of Congress’ authority to regulate […]

Supreme Court Rejects Virginia’s Request to Fast Track Challenge to PPACA

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court rejected a request made by the Commonwealth of Virginia to fast track a challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) passed last year. When a case is fast-tracked, it bypasses the regular federal appeals process, and the case goes directly to the Supreme Court Justices for review.  […]