Thursday, October 7, 2010

District Court in Michigan upholds minimum coverage requirement

This is in the case of Thomas More Law Center v. Obama. You can access the opinion here.

I just located the opinion, but I will have some reaction up here as soon as I have a chance to read it.

UPDATE: The court concluded that the plaintiffs had standing, and then went on to hold that the minimum coverage requirement of ACA 1501(b) was a valid exercise of Congress's authority to regulate interstate commerce. There is much to discuss, but here is a crucial passage: "[P]laintiffs in this case are participants in the health care services market. They are not outside the market. While plaintiffs describe the Commerce Clause power as reaching economic activity, the government’s characterization of the Commerce Clause reaching economic decisions is more accurate."