The Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled ObamaCare's individual mandate is unconstitutional.
The court did, however, say that the rest of the legislation should not be tossed out with the forced-insurance requirement. Here's more from the Reuters news wire (emphasis ours):
An appeals court ruled Friday that President Barack Obama's healthcare law requiring Americans to buy healthcare insurance or face a penalty was unconstitutional, a blow to the White House.
The Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, found that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but also ruled that the rest of the wide-ranging law could remain in effect.
"This economic mandate represents a wholly novel and potentially unbounded assertion of congressional authority: the ability to compel Americans to purchase an expensive health insurance product they have elected not to buy, and to make them re-purchase that insurance product every month for their entire lives," a divided three-judge panel said.
You can find the ruling here in PDF format.
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