DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers released the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to take up question of the constitutionality of the individual health insurance mandate:
“I am pleased the Supreme Court has decided to take up the states’ case,” Suthers said. “The justices have set aside five hours for oral argument on a variety of issues with the Affordable Care Act, including whether Congress has the constitutional authority to sanction individual citizens for not purchasing a particular good or service. It is clear that the Supreme Court will thoroughly review this critical constitutional matter.”
Suthers is one of 26 state attorneys general who have challenged the individual health insurance mandate included in the Affordable Care Act. The courts sided with the states at the U.S. District Court level and at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.