Friday, August 12, 2011

US Appeals Court Finds Obamacare Mandate for Individual Health Coverage UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Headlines flashing from Reuters indicates that the US Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit has decided in favor of the states challenging the requirement- and ruled that the Obamacare Mandate for Individual Health Coverage under penalty for non-compliance is unconstitutional.

Look for the Obama team to appeal this decision to the US Supreme Court where the issue could create a bigger circus than the debt ceiling hike debate.

From Reuters:

A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that President Barack Obama's healthcare law requiring Americans to buy healthcare insurance or face a penalty was unconstitutional, a blow to the White House.
The U.S. Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, found that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but also ruled that the rest of the wide-ranging law could remain in effect.
The legality of the so-called individual mandate, a cornerstone of the healthcare law, is widely expected to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Obama administration has defended the provision as constitutional.