DOJ Mounts High Court Defense Of Health Care Reform

Law360, New York (January 6, 2012, 8:06 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday filed its first brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of the health care reform law's mandate that individuals buy health insurance, arguing that the mandate is “classic economic regulation of economic conduct.”

The DOJ is seeking to fight off claims that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's mandate that individuals buy health insurance or pay a penalty is unconstitutional and that Congress went beyond the bounds of the commerce clause in passing the law.

The brief...
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