Friday, February 25. 2011
Governor Sean Parnell of Alaska announced recently that, because of constitutionality question, his state would not move to implement the health insurance exchange portion of last year's healthcare reform legislation.
Parnell's objection to the health insurance exchanges centers on recent court decisions in Florida and Virginia, which said Congress does not have the authority to impose such requirements on states. However, TIME Magazine points out that the constitutionality of the law will not be settled until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the cases.
The governor's refusal to apply for federal grants for health insurance exchanges also means his state will be ineligible for millions in assistance offered by the government for implementation of the programs, although TIME Magazine reports this won't affect the law more generally.
The Supreme Court should uphold the Obama administration's position on the healthcare law, Washington and Lee law school professor Timothy Jost told the Associated Press.
"This is one renegade judge that has reached this decision," he said, labeling Judge Roger Vinson's ruling as "extremist," the AP added.
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