Appeals Court: ACA Individual Mandate 'Improper'


The fight over the Affordable Care Act is inching closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Ga., handed down a ruling today, tossing out key provisions of the health-care reform law.

The panel voted 2-1, finding the individual mandate section, requiring all Americans to purchase health coverage by 2014 or face penalties, was an "improper exercise of federal authority." You can read the ruling here.

"This economic mandate represents a wholly novel and potentially unbounded assertion of congressional authority: the ability to compel Americans to purchase an expensive health insurance product they have elected not to buy," wrote Chief Judge Joel Dubina.

The ruling conflicts with another ruling from a federal appeals court in Cincinnati, Ohio, which found the individual mandate to be within the law. Another federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., is mulling the issue. More than two dozen other legal challenges are pending.