Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had asked U.S. District Judge roger Vinson for an extension on the deadline to respond to a joint lawsuit filed by 20 states, challenging the constitutionality of the health care reform law.
This request has been denied, and HHS officials must respond by the June 16th deadline.
As provisions of the law continue to be implemented, more Americans will personally feel the impact. Individual health insurance rates will be growing rapidly, while at the same time health insurance agents will be rapidly leaving the business due to a slash in commission rates. This will of course leave consumers with fewer resources to help them navigate these upcoming changes.
In recent polls, a majority of Americans now favor repeal of this law. That said, turning around a huge entitlement program is nearly impossible once it is fully enacted, and a constitutional challenge may be the best chance of stopping this debacle.