Health Care Reform Disputes Move to Supreme Court

The Obama administration and its challengers are taking their fight to the Supreme Court to address the the ongoing debate over whether the health care reform law should be deemed constitutional. The debates have been pushed through various circuit courts around the country over the past year, but the fight may reach its final destination in a few short weeks if filings are approved in time.

States Continue Fight to Repeal Health Care Law

Ever since the health care reform bill, named the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, was signed on March 23, 2010, various states pushed to have part of reform deemed unconstitutional. 14 states sued stating that the health care law should not include a mandate requiring Americans to purchase health insurance, claiming that it exceeds Congress’ power to regulate commerce, violates the Constitution and forces unnecessary costs on struggling citizens.

Within a few months, the number of states suing against the health care bill jumped to 26 with lawsuits popping up around the country. Some judges found in favor of the mandate while others deemed it unconstitutional.

Supreme Court Justices to Take Up Debates in Current Term

To encourage Supreme Court justices to take up the health care reform issue in its current term (which is expected to end in late June), challengers and supporters of the health care mandate are preparing filings to be completed by the November deadline.

Filings have been rushing in this week ahead of deadlines, causing many to speculate that the justices of the Supreme Court will likely add the debate to their agenda for an upcoming private conference which may be held on October 28, November 4 or November 10. In this conference, justices would confirm whether they have accepted the matter, afterward issuing a schedule for fuller briefs on the merits of the case.