The Obama administration Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to settle the constitutional question over the 2010 health-care law this term, meaning that the decision will probably come next summer in the thick of the presidential campaign.
The Justice Department asked the justices to review the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta, which is the only appeals court to say Congress exceeded its power in passing the law. The law requires almost every American to have health insurance.
“Throughout history, there have been similar challenges to other landmark legislation such as the Social Security Act, the Civil Rights Act, and the Voting Rights Act, and all of those challenges failed,” the Justice Department said in a statement. “We believe the challenges to Affordable Care Act — like the one in the 11th Circuit — will also ultimately fail and that the Supreme Court will uphold the law.”
Yesterday, I noted that it was likely that the Obama Administration would appeal the ruling, they just hadn’t done it yet. Earlier in the day, 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business petitioned the Supreme Court to hear the case. You can read that request here.
None of this ties into the case as it can and should be decided on the merits of the law and their fidelity to the Constitution, which is in my opinion a blatant violation of the original intent of the Commerce Clause. However, the law has come under more heat recently as health insurance costs have spiked again. Businesses have also become more likely to stop offering health insurance and take the fines and penalities rather than meet the expensive requirements that are hitting them as a result of ObamaCare.
A study out of Ohio shows that nearly 800,000 people will lose their health insurance and see premium costs increase up to 85%. A think tank in Tennessee has estimated that resident of that state will see doctors office wait times to increase. But don’t complain though, because if you do, it means you’re not patriotic enough; at least according to the Social Weasel.
There are also recent revelations that the CLASS Act, passed as part of ObamaCare that gave the legislation a more favorable score from the Congressional Budget Office, may not even be implemented due to unsustainable costs.
Despite these and other flaws that should make every American reject this law and more government intervention in the health care industry, President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign will use this as a centerpiece of their campaign; once again trying to sell it to skeptical voters.