Center for American Progress Comment on 11th Circuit Court of Appeal’s Ruling on Affordable Healthcare Act’s Individual Mandate Requirement

Washington, D.C.—(ENEWSPF)—August 12, 2011.  The statement below is attributed to the Center for American Progress (CAP) Policy Analyst and Blogger Ian Millhiser on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal’s 2-1 decision to strike down the individual mandate in the Affordable Health Care Act.

“What today’s opinion lacks in fidelity to the Constitution it makes up for in page length. Nevertheless, there is absolutely nothing in the Eleventh Circuit’s divided ruling striking down part of the Affordable Care Act that makes me the least bit concerned about health reform’s fate before the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court held almost 200 years ago that Congress may regulate the buying of selling of health care – or any other marketplace – however it chooses so long as it does not violate a limit “prescribed in the Constitution.” Today’s opinion cites no limit because there is none. I am confident that the Supreme Court will not abandon 200 years of precedent and that the Affordable Care Act will be upheld.”