The PJI suit challenges the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the new law, which requires that nearly all Americans to buy health insurance, whether they want it or not. The Ninth Circuit is currently weighing whether to allow the suit to go forward. PJI President Brad Dacus commented on today’s hearing, “The disastrous federal takeover of health care has already been weighed and rejected by the American people, and now it is time for the courts to rein in this unprecedented government power grab.”
The Ninth Circuit covers more territory and population than any other federal circuit court. So far, one federal court of appeals, the Sixth Circuit based in Cincinnati, has upheld the health care law, while decisions from several other federal courts of appeal are expected before the end of the year. Ultimately, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide the constitutionality of the individual mandate.