On December 13, US District Judge Henry Hudson ruled that the provision in the healthcare reform law requiring individuals to purchase insurance is unconstitutional. However, the decision does nothing to stop implementation of healthcare reform.
To date, three courts have ruled on the merits of the health care reform legislation. Two – Michigan and western Virginia – have upheld the health care reform law. One, yesterday’s case in eastern Virginia, has struck down the law. Twelve other courts have throw out the suits over jurisdictional or standing issues.
Eventually one of these cases will make it to the United States Supreme Court, but this will likely take at least two years. Given the variation in court opinions to date, it is also unclear how this matter will be resolved, but implementation will continue on the federal and state level.
The National Council will continue to provide its members with updates regarding healthcare reform implementation.