Day Two of Supreme Court Ruling on Health Reform

Deltek Analyst Amanda White reports.

Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on health care centered on whether or not the hearing on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act could even take place. According to the Tax Anti-Injunction Act, the courts are exempt from hearing a suit to stop the government from imposing a tax until after the tax has been opposed. Officials in support of this argue that the “penalty” the federal government would impose on individuals failing to withhold health insurance is essentially a tax. With such reasoning, the Supreme Court would be precluded from hearing the case until after 2015. However, after yesterday’s ruling, the Circuit Courts have decided that the Tax Anti-Injunction does not prohibit the federal courts from entertaining the constitutionality of the individual mandate.

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