Scoreboard Update: The Pro-Reform Team Pulls Ahead

The Affordable Care Act survived another constitutional challenge yesterday, this time in the state of Washington. Judge Gladys Kessler dismissed a lawsuit brought in June that claimed that the individual mandate was unconstitutional. Kessler is quoted in her 64 page opinion:

“The individual decision to forgo health insurance, when considered in the aggregate, leads to substantially higher insurance premiums for those other individuals who do obtain coverage,” Kessler wrote. “Thus, the aggregate effect on interstate commerce of the decisions of individuals to forgo insurance is very substantial.”

This case makes the score 3-2 in favor of the ACA. It’s still early and remember what Yogi said, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over”. Keep checking back for more HCR updates.


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