House Republicans Accidentally Accept The Constitutionality Of The Affordable Care Act Under Interstate Commerce ClauseQuicklink submitted By Amanda Lang Permalink
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|On Thursday, House Republicans stripped language from their own health care bill that could "undermine their argument that the Democrats' 2010 healthcare law abused the Commerce Clause of the Constitution," The Hill's Pete Kasperowicz reports. That language, included in H.R. 5, a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act's Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), read:
Congress finds that the health care and insurance industries are industries affecting interstate commerce and the health care liability litigation systems existing throughout the United States are activities that affect interstate commerce by contributing to the high costs of health care and premiums for health care liability insurance purchased by health care system providers.
The administration is deploying this very argument in defense of the Affordable Care Act at the Supreme Court next week...