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Constitutional Law Keyed to Barnett
NFIB v. Sebelius (Spending Power)
Citation:567 U.S. 519 (2012)
Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”) in 2010. Plaintiffs challenged two portions of the bill as unconstitutional: (1) the individual mandate (the provision of the ACA that required most individuals to obtain health insurance, or pay a fine, and (2) the Medicaid expansion provision, which conditioned receipt of federal Medicaid funds on state expansion of Medicaid eligibility. (Only the Medicaid Expansion will be discussed in this case. The individual mandate provision is discussed in the first portion of this case, NFIB v. Sebelius – Commerce Clause and Taxing Power).
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