The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of Obamacare. That is, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was constitutional.
Now, this decision might not hold up, seeing as how there are healthcare lawsuits across the nation in various district courts. If conflicting decisions come out, then there will most likely be review by the United States Supreme Court regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and whether it was enacted under a proper use of the government's power to tax for the general welfare.
If you have not been following the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals battle regarding Obamacare, then here's a quick recap on the appeal. Also, have a look below at the Related Resources links to see the previous posts on this topic.
The Obamacare lawsuit was brought by the Thomas More Law Center, which self-identifies as a "not-for-profit public interest law group dedicated to the defense and promotion of the religious freedom of Christians." Now, the "Christian" factor in the argument against Obamacare is somewhat unclear but nevertheless, the Thomas More Law Center brought suit and argued before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals this June, citing that Obamacare -- and specifically the "individual mandate" -- was enacted outside of the powers of Congress.
Now, the government maintained that the individual mandate was a proper tax, within Congress's power.
In a 2-1 decision, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
- 6th Circuit Says Obamacare is Constitutional (FindLaw's 6th Circuit Blog)
- Obamacare Debate: 6th Circuit Asks About Individual Mandate (FindLaw's 6th Circuit Blog)
- Obamacare Lawsuits On Their Way to 6th Circuit Court of Appeals (FindLaw's 6th Circuit Blog)