Appeals Court Rules Healthcare Overhaul Unconstitutional

August 13, 2011  |  

(Wall Street Journal) — A U.S. appeals court in Atlanta handed the Obama administration its biggest defeat to date in the battle over the health-care overhaul passed last year, ruling the law’s mandate on Americans to carry health insurance was unconstitutional.   The 2-1 ruling directly conflicts with another appellate ruling in June, making it a near certainty that the Supreme Court will eventually step in and provide the final word.  Friday’s 207-page opinion and 84-page dissent made clear that views of the Obama administration’s signature law have increasingly hardened in place as voices from each side roll out familiar arguments and precedents to buttress their opposite conclusions.

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