Podcast Episode 46: What Employers Should Know: District Court Ruling on the Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate and the ACA
In this episode, Suzanne and Chase review the recent district court ruling that the individual mandate is unconstitutional and, as a result, the entire ACA is invalid. While the ACA remains in place pending appeal, Suzanne outlines the basis for the case, the reason why intervening states had to step in for the DOJ, and why the individual mandate may or may not be “inseverable” from the rest of the ACA. Suzanne gives a basic overview of civil procedure and appeals, and describes the process by which the case here will be appealed. Suzanne and Chase also discuss a bit of constitutional law and the balance of powers — the limitations on courts as they interpret and decide the constitutionality of legislation passed by Congress. The two close with important points on employer obligations while the case is appealed and the potential political fallout with a split Congress and the looming 2020 elections.