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President Asks Supreme Court To Review Individual Mandate

09/29/11

  04:17:36 pm, by MedBen5   , 202 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

President Asks Supreme Court To Review Individual Mandate

Well, that didn’t take long. Just yesterday, we noted that the Obama administration deliberately missed a deadline to request the full panel of a U.S. Appeals Court review an earlier decision of three panel members on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate provision. In doing so, the administration could take their review request directly to the Supreme Court.

The missed deadline occurred on Monday. Fast-forward 48 hours later to a Washington Post report: “The Obama administration moved aggressively Wednesday for Supreme Court review of the 2010 health-care act, making it likely a constitutional ruling on the president’s signature and most controversial domestic achievement will come in the thick of the presidential campaign.”

Even though the outcome of Supreme Court review, expected to be handed down in early-to-mid 2012, could become a political hot potato in the months before the presential elections, the administration decided against delaying the process to order to ensure a quicker decision. A Justice Department official said it is imperative to settle the matter as soon as possible so the federal government, states and the private sector would have sufficient time to implement the mandate, which would require almost every American to carry health insurance starting in 2014.

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