On August 12, 2011, a three judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the Florida multi-state challenge to health care reform and found the mandatory requirement to purchase health insurance unconstitutional. Unlike the lower court, however, the Appeals Court did not invalidate the entire law and held that the Act’s other provisions remain legally operative after the mandate’s excision. The decision was 2-1 with one judge dissenting.

Earlier this year, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals found the mandate to be constitutional.

Ruling of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

August 12, 2011 decision finding the insurance mandate unconstitutional; upholding the other provisions.