The Fourth Circuit this morning (September 8, 2011) published decisions ruled rejecting two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on jurisdictional grounds in Liberty University v. Geithner and Commonwealth of Virgina v. Sebelius.
These decisions add to the growing differences of opinions about the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act among the various trial and appeals courts. These disparities make it increasingly likely that the Supreme Court eventually will decide the issue. Absent unforsee circumstances, however, any Supreme Court resolution is unlikely to come before the next round of health plan and exchange deadlines start taking effect in 2012 and the lack of agreement among the courts means that most health care providers and others impacted by the Affordable Care Act must continue to plan and comply absent new rulings or other guidance to the contrary.
If you have about the decisions or other questions about Affordable Care Act or other health care, health plan or related matters, please contact the author, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (469) 767-8872.