The challenges facing the U.S. healthcare reform law.

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled that President Obama’s healthcare reform law, which would require Americans buy health insurance was unconstitutional.  He cited that the law’s “individual mandate” went too far in forcing Americans to buy health insurance by 2014 or face a fine.  Let’s take a closer look at the state of healthcare reform, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and its standing in the U.S. courts….

What happens next in the courts?

– The Obama administration will appeal Judge Vinson’s ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.  Currently, the administration also appealed a U.S. judge’s ruling in Virginia along the same lines with arguments scheduled in four months.  However, another federal judge in Virginia upheld the law as constitutional.  At present time, more than half of all states are now challenging the law in the federal courts.

How will the administration move forward in the process?

– According to Senior White House officials, the President will continue implementing healthcare reform even with the court’s challenges in play.  The administration is confident the law would prevail in that certain provisions such as sending money to community health centers have already moved forward and taken effect.

Will Congress repeal the whole law?

– It is unlikely but its possible some changes will be made down the road.

Credit Source: Reuters.com article, ‘Q+A-What happens next on U.S. healthcare reform?’ 1/31/2011. Video: YouTube, Associated Press.

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