AHA, Others Urge Supreme Court to Grant Federal Review of Health Reform Lawsuit

The American Hospital Association and five other hospital associations are urging the Supreme Court to grant the government's request for a full review of an 11th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that ruled the individual mandate unconstitutional.

In August, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled 2-1 that Congress cannot require all Americans to buy health insurance. This ruling is in favor of the 26 states, led by Florida, that challenged the law as unconstitutional. The court ruled the rest of the healthcare law is constitutional.

In late September, the Obama administration decided to forego a full review of that Atlanta appeals court decision, meaning a review of the case will go to the Supreme Court.

In the amicus brief, the hospital groups argued a prompt review of the case would settle the uncertainty of the healthcare reform law's constitutionality; allow progress on insurance exchanges and other reform-related initiatives to continue; and reaffirm the healthcare law's constitutionality. The hospital groups also asked the Supreme Court to deny states' petition of Medicaid amendments under the healthcare reform law.

AHA is joined by the Association of American Medical Colleges, Catholic Health Association, Federation of American Hospitals, National Association of Children's Hospitals and National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems in filing this amicus brief.

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