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How Important is the Individual Mandate to Health Reform?

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 - 11:50
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 10:04
The not-so-surprising news today is that the federal government will appeal Monday's ruling by a Virginia federal court judge who found the individual requirement to purchase health insurance unconstitutional. The appeal is just one of many that are likely to occur as this issue marches its slow, winding way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Breaking: Federal Judge Finds Individual Mandate Unconstitutional

Monday, December 13th, 2010 - 13:36
Monday, December 13, 2010 - 12:20
Multiple news outlets are reporting that Federal District Judge Henry Hudson in Virginia has ruled that the individual mandate to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional.

Big Court Ruling on Health Reform Set for Today in Virginia

Monday, December 13th, 2010 - 10:12
Monday, December 13, 2010 - 08:58
Multiple news outlets are reporting that a Virginia federal judge is expected to rule today on the constitutionality of health reform. We'll post the news when it comes out and provide some quick analysis. To provide a quick recap, Judge Henry Hudson is a Republican appointee who expressed skepticism about the individual mandate to purchase health insurance during oral arguments. Read our analysis of Hudson's opinion allowing the challenge to health reform go forward back in August.

Va. Judge Dismisses Challenge to Health Reform Law; Boehner Enlists Help of GOP Govs. in Opposition to Health Reform

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 - 15:53
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 14:38
A federal judge in Virginia has dismissed a challenge to the health reform law lodged by Liberty University, becoming the second judge in two months to uphold the constitutionality of the law, according to The New York Times. Both the Virginia judge, Norman K. Moon, and George Steeh in Detroit were appointed by Bill Clinton.

Legal Wrangling Over Health Care Law Ramps Up

Monday, October 18th, 2010 - 10:40
Monday, October 18, 2010 - 10:11
A federal judge in Virginia today will hear arguments from the state's attorney general that health reform's individual mandate is unconstitutional. Late last week, a federal judge in a separate 20-state lawsuit centered in Florida ruled that challenges against the individual mandate and the expansion of Medicaid can go forward.

The Parallel Tracks of Health Reform: Implementation and Opposition

Monday, October 11th, 2010 - 8:42
Monday, October 11, 2010 - 08:37
Health care reform is now moving down two parallel tracks. The first track involves implementing PPACA, the health reform law enacted last March. The second track involves trying to overturn or defund it.

Second Front Opens Against Individual Mandate; Health Reform Supporters Prepare Information Campaign

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 - 15:28
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 15:08
A federal judge in Florida on Tuesday signaled that he will allow a lawsuit by 20 states against health reform to go forward, opening a second front in an effort by states to nullify the law's requirement that individuals purchase health insurance. In August, a federal judge in Virginia allowed that state's lawsuit against the federal government to proceed. Read The Washington Post's extensive account of the Florida court proceedings here.

Another Round in the Legal Battle Over Individual Mandate Begins; Congress Tackles Health Reform Tax Provision

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 - 9:56
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 09:23
Arguments begin today in Florida in another lawsuit over health reform's requirement that individuals purchase health insurance or pay a penalty. Last month, Republicans in Virginia scored a small victory when a judge refused to dismiss the state's lawsuit against the individual mandate, saying the mandate raised complicated constitutional questions. Now, the 20 states that have joined forces in the Florida lawsuit hope a federal judge in that state also dismisses the federal government's effort to quash their challenge to the mandate.

How Successful Will Penalty Be at Enforcing Individual Mandate Over Extensive Opposition?

Thursday, August 5th, 2010 - 10:22
Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 09:39
Those opposed to the individual requirement to purchase insurance in health reform are hoping that challenges from the state of Virginia and by a conglomeration of states in Florida will destroy the individual mandate as a legal matter. But even if the legal challenges aren't successful -- and many legal experts say they won't be -- might the mandate face an onslaught of individuals who refuse to go along out of a combination of economics and protest?

Missouri Votes Against Individual Mandate; More Health Reform Provisions Set to Take Effect

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 - 10:34
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 09:59
Missouri voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to support a ballot issue opposing the individual mandate in the health overhaul, in a largely symbolic political demonstration that is a sideshow to two different legal challenges. The largely Republican turnout in the primary vote approved the ballot issue with 71 percent in favor. The mandate to purchase health insurance or face penalties does not take effect until 2014.