Archive for April 23, 2012
Mary Brown is one of the plaintiffs in the case to overturn the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or Obamacare) requirement that all Americans have health insurance. This requirement is commonly referred to as the “individual mandate”, and its constitutionality is being decided by the Supreme Court right now.
Brown’s argument was that her family doesn’t need health insurance because they are perfectly capable of paying for their own healthcare. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson noted, with regard to Brown’s complaint, that “She is a small-business owner … [who] does not believe the cost of health insurance is a wise or acceptable use of her resources.” To Mrs. Brown, the mandate merely requires her to pay for the insurance companies’ overhead, and that is unacceptable.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the Supreme Court. (more…)