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October 26, 2011

Federal Health Reform and the Individual Mandate Part I: Legal Challenges



Escaping the media storm surrounding the federal healthcare reform law would be difficult even for those who rarely open a newspaper, surf the Web, or turn on the radio. Intense partisan battles that were waged on the Hill for more than a year prior to the law’s passage have since trickled out to Statehouses and courthouses across the country. At least 30 lawsuits have been filed challenging all or some aspect of the federal healthcare reform law. At the heart of many challenges to the healthcare reform law, commonly referred to as the Accountable Care Act (ACA), is section 1501 of the law, which contains the individual responsibility requirement. This month’s policy snapshot, Federal Health Reform and the Individual Mandate Part I: Legal Challenges, explores the status of legal and legislative challenges to the individual mandate provision of the federal healthcare reform law.

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