Florida v. HHS

Appeals Court Rules Against Obama Healthcare Law

by Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, LLP

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals found the individual mandate unconstitutional in the Obama Healthcare legislation.

The Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, found that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage in the individual mandate. But the opinion also finds that the rest of the law is acceptable.

Some 26 states, including Florida, Nebraska, Texas, and Utah, challenged the legislation in the 11th Circuit.

The decision contrasts with one by the U.S. Appeals Court for the 6th Circuit, based in Cincinnati, which had upheld the individual mandate as constitutional. That case has already been appealed to the Supreme Court.

The Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, based in Richmond, has yet to rule on a separate challenge by the state of Virginia.