Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—November 8, 2011. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in a 2-1 decision found that President Obama’s health care reform law is constitutional.
Judge Laurence Silberman opined that, “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.”
To date, three appeals courts have upheld the law, while one has ruled it unconstitutional.
It is unclear whether the U.S. Supreme Court will include this latest ruling with the other pending health care cases already on its docket. The justices have scheduled a closed-door conference Thursday to consider whether to accept one or more appeals. If they do, oral arguments would likely be held in March, with a ruling by June.
To read the Court’s opinion in Seven-Sky v. Holder (11-5047), visit: http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/055C0349A6E85D7A8525794200579735/$file/11-5047-1340594.pdf