Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Divided USA

Health Care Reform's Legal Saga Continues in the Eleventh Circuit | Swampland

The Affordable Care Act is back in court on Wednesday, with the government and a coalition of 26 states presenting arguments in an Atlanta courtroom for and against the constitutionality of the law. There are dozens of similar cases currently winding their way through federal courts, but the ruling that comes out of Atlanta could be the strongest indicator yet of whether the ACA will ultimately be allowed to stand.

So far, all of the federal district judges that have ruled on the constitutionality of the ACA’s individual mandate – the centerpiece to most legal challenges – have matched the generally held opinion of the party of the President who appointed them. Democrat-appointed judges have ruled that the ACA is perfectly fine; Republican-appointed judges have ruled that it violates the constitution.

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