On September 28th, the U.S. Department of Justice released a statement announcing its decision to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on the Affordable Care Act.

“The Department has consistently and successfully defended this law in several court of appeals, and only the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled it unconstitutional. We believe the question is appropriate for review by the Supreme Court.
 “Throughout history, there have been similar challenges to other landmark legislation such as the Social Security Act, the Civil Rights Act, and the Voting Rights Act, and all of those challenges failed.  We believe the challenges to Affordable Care Act — like the one in the 11th Circuit — will also ultimately fail and that the Supreme Court will uphold the law. ”

The delays, obstacles, and appeals have made for an anxious healthcare industry as professionals as well as the nation await the outcome. Without a final decision, businesses in the healthcare field find themselves at a crossroads and as time drags on in this tepid economy, one can only hope there is an end in sight. 

Read the reported story from Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief of our sister publication, Healthcare Informatics.