Monday, November 14, 2011

Supreme Court to rule on Obamacare before election

Washington – A hearing on the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 will take place in March, according to an announcement today from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Knowledgeable court observers say this means a decision on whether the massive health care reform act is or is not constitutional will likely be handed in June – several months prior to the general elections in November.

The crowning achievement of the Obama Administration, Republicans have vociferously denounced the act as unconstitutional since its passage. Federal circuit courts of appeals of appeals have been divided on the issues of mandatory health coverage, penalties for non-compliance, and the implications for employers and consumers.

In a response to the Court's announcement, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said, "Earlier this year, the Obama Administration asked the Supreme Court to consider legal challenges to the health reform law and we are pleased the Court has agreed to hear this case. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, one million more young Americans have health insurance, women are getting mammograms and preventive services without paying an extra penny out of their own pocket and insurance companies have to spend more of your premiums on health care instead of advertising and bonuses. We know the Affordable Care Act is constitutional and are confident the Supreme Court will agree."

Said Americans for Prosperity State Director Peggy Venable of the Affordable Care Act, "What's next? Will I have to buy a blue car?"

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