On Wednesday, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that nearly all individuals must buy health insurance. The three-Judge panel, which included two Republican nominees, ruled 2-1 in favor of the law’s Constitutionality.
“The district court held that the minimum coverage provision falls within Congress’s authority under the Commerce Clause for two principal reasons: (1) the provision regulates economic decisions regarding how to pay for health care that have substantial effects on the interstate health care market; and (2) the provision is essential to the Act’s larger regulation of the interstate market for health insurance,” read the Court opinion, drafted by Judge Boyce F. Martin Jr.
“We find that the minimum coverage provision is a valid exercise of legislative power by Congress under the Commerce Clause and therefore affirm the decision of the district court.”
This decision is the first in which a Republican-nominated Judge has ruled in favor of the mandate, according to POLITICO. Judge James L. Graham, a Ronald Reagan nominee, partially dissented, writing: “It is difficult to see what the limits on Congress’s Commerce Clause authority would be” if the mandate were upheld.
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.