Local Plaintiff in Health Care Challenge Surprised
Written by Your 5News Team
Created on June 28, 2012 @ 1:51PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia plaintiff in the federal health care challenge says he's disappointed by the Supreme Court's ruling upholding the law.
David Klemencic is owner of Ellenboro Floors in Ritchie County. He was one of a handful of individual plaintiffs directly involved in the lawsuit that lead to Thursday's ruling.
Klemencic opposes the requirement that most people obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, among other things. He says the court's decision to uphold that portion of the law blindsided those involved.
But he says it's too soon to suggest what should happen next.
Background Information: Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Mandate
(CBS News) In a historic decision, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the critical piece of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, the individual mandate. By upholding the individual mandate -- the requirement for all Americans to acquire health insurance -- the court kept what many described as the "heart" of the law. The decision creates some certainty surrounding federal health care policy, allowing federal and state rulemakers to, for now, implement the law. The decision was 5 - 4, with Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the liberal justices and writing the majority opinion. The court ruled that the federal government does have the power to require all Americans to acquire insurance if the "fine" imposed on those who don't is considered a tax. Click Here to read more.
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