Florida Appeals Court Sets Date for Arguments Surrounding Reform Law’s Constitutionality
The date has been set: 6/8/11. That’s when the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the case of the federal appeal of an earlier January ruling in favor of 26 states that argued the new reform law violated the Constitution when it required a mandate for healthcare coverage. So far, three fed judges have upheld the law’s constitutionality, and two have struck down the mandate provision. One of the latter judges (the latter two were appointed by Republican presidents) has taken the individual mandate provision to be an essential part of the reform law, stating that the entire law should be rescinded as it is “inextricably linked” to the entire act. All observers, of course, see a SCOTUS destination for the fight’s ultimate destination.