Thomas More Law Center v. Obama, No. 10-2388 (6th Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
The district court upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 26 U.S.C. 5000 A, which, among other things, the minimum coverage
provision of the Act requires all applicable individuals to maintain minimum essential health insurance coverage or to pay a penalty. The Sixth Circuit affirmed, first holding that the plaintiffs had standing, that the case was not barred by the Anti-Injunction Act, 26 U.S.C. 7421(a), and that the matter was ripe for judicial review. The provision is a valid exercise of the legislative power under the Commerce Clause; it regulates economic activity with a substantial impact on interstate commerce. The court rejected an argument that it regulates inactivity.