The old cliché, “politics makes strange bedfellows” seems to come to mind a lot lately. This week marked an important week for the PPACA. In light of 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rulings regarding the constitutionality of the PPACA, the Supreme Court has decided to take on the case. While all 5 of the lower Appellate Courts have upheld the law in its entirety, it is the individual mandate that seems to be the pesky element that has rattled the political dialogue. The individual mandate was deemed unconstitutional in the 11th Circuit Court. This ruling has sparked a debate from all angles of the political spectrum.
Since its passage in 2010, there are those that sit in the “anti-mandate” camp based on the grounds that the law represents government and congressional over-reach. This argument insinuates that the mandate is unconstitutional on the grounds that the government can’t force individuals to purchase a product. This sentiment has resonated with many of those that have supported the Tea Party movement in the past 2 years and expressed by the voters in Ohio last week.