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Executive Summary: The U.S. Supreme Court has announced the dates for oral argument in the lawsuits challenging the validity of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Court will hear five and one-half hours of oral arguments over March 26-28, 2012.
On November 14, 2011, the Court agreed to review the Eleventh Circuit's decision in HHS v. Florida holding that Congress exceeded its Constitutional power when it enacted the individual mandate provision of the PPACA and that this provision is severable from the remainder of the Act. For a discussion of the Eleventh Circuit's decision, please see our August 18, 2011 Legal Alert, Eleventh Circuit Finds Individual Mandate Provision of Health Care Reform Law Unconstitutional, available at http://www.fordharrison.com/shownews.aspx?show=7510.
We will continue to keep you updated on the status of the lawsuits challenging the PPACA. If you have any questions regarding this Legal Alert or other labor or employment related issues, please contact the Ford & Harrison attorney with whom you usually work.