PPACA Ruling by Supreme Court

In a five-four decision, the Supreme Court released its opinion on the Affordable Care Act yesterday, finding the individual mandate constitutional and upholding the Act.  The Court decided that the individual mandate does violate the Commerce Clause, but ruled it constitutional because the requirement to purchase insurance is essentially a type of tax that falls under Congress’ taxing power.  Because of the finding, the Court did not need to decide whether other portions of the Act are constitutional, except for review of state eligibility requirements for Medicaid funding.  The Court limited some aspects of those eligibility requirements, but these changes do not affect employers.


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About Andrew (Andy) Wampler

For over a decade, I have provided legal services to businesses and individuals in Northeast Tennessee. I spend time litigating breaches of contract, medical malpractice, and commercial disputes and have worked on a number of transactions. I also advise businesses, working much of my time on healthcare and employment matters.

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