Appeals court rules against insurance provision of health law

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ATLANTA (AP) -- A federal appeals court says it's not within the power of Congress to make people enter into contracts to buy "an expensive product from the time they are born until the time they die."

The court in Atlanta is siding with the 26 states that sued to block the health care law, rejecting the provision requiring people to buy insurance.

Another appeals court has upheld it and the White House says it's confident Friday's ruling won't stand.

The panel, in its divided ruling, didn't go as far as a lower court that had rejected the entire overhaul as unconstitutional.

Government attorneys are expected to ask the full 11th Circuit to review the ruling. They can also appeal to the Supreme Court, which legal observers think will have the final say.

A group representing small businesses Friday urged the Supreme Court to strike down the rest of the health care overhaul. The National Federation of Independent Business has argued that the law would cost small businesses millions of dollars.

(Copyright 2011 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by adsfdsafsadf on Aug 14, 2011 at 01:21 PM
    this legislation OBVIOUSLY needs to die, but if no one kills it then the silver lining is that we all get to break a tax law which the IRS has long since stated it CANNOT enforce due to a lack of resources. i will NOT pay into mandated healthcare. ever.
  • by Denis Location: Grand Junction on Aug 13, 2011 at 02:10 PM
    This makes beloved Social Security even more unconstitutional: you're required to contribute to a insurance/annuity plan with each paycheck and you don't even have the choice of provider. If you want to drive a car then you're required to buy liability insurance. Get real. Healthcare is expensive and you may need it any day. People can't be allowed to just go ERs and run from bills.
  • by FDR on Aug 12, 2011 at 10:46 PM
    I need this legislation !
  • by HomeoftheBrave on Aug 12, 2011 at 05:21 PM
    To those who were so bold as to dedicate their time for such an appeal for the sake of the constitution, let it be a reminder to us that there are still some who will stand in the gap for our liberties.
  • by Digusted Location: Ritterville on Aug 12, 2011 at 05:09 PM
    UNCONSTITUTIONAL! Imagine that. Now my question is why oh why would anyone conduct business with people who support policies that are UNCONSTITUTIONAL?!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 12, 2011 at 02:59 PM
    congress doesn't care in the slightest that they're acting against our constitution. They would be just as happy if they could label ALL of us as criminals, thus relieving us of those pesky ol' civil liberties that are such a stumbling block to their way of doing business.
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