U.S. Court of Appeals Rules that Healthcare Law is Constitutional
The right to be free from federal regulation is not absolute, and yields to the imperative that Congress be free to forge national solutions to national problems, no matter how local—or seemingly passive—their individual origins,
- Judge Laurence Silberman, writing for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
The court held that Congress, under the Commerce Clause, has the authority to require individuals to either carry health insurance or pay a penalty.
So far, three out of the four circuit courts that have heard challenges to the law have delivered rulings in favor of Congress, with only the 11th Circuit finding it unconstitutional.