The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act enacted in 2010, has faced numerous protests both from the citizens it wants to protect, as well as the employers who are supposedly to benefit from the tax credit feature of the law. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is a law for socialized health care. In the past, a health insurance purchase was optional, with the advent of the law, it became mandatory. Those who will not secure a health plan will be charged a fee of no less than $1,200 by the IRS.
One of the issues that were pointed out as illegal was the imposition of financial sanctions against those who will not purchase a health insurance plan for themselves. Protesters assert that the imposition of financial sanctions was a form of penalty, while the government asserts that it is a form of taxation. The issue was brought before the Supreme Court and it ruled in favor of the government. It held that the monetary sanctions that will be collected by the IRS are a form of tax and not a penalty.
Presently, there are still 45 more lawsuits docketed in the courts all trying to have different provisions of Obamacare declared illegal. Senior judicial analyst Hon. Judge Andrew Napolitano believed that these lawsuits would first be heard by the trial courts then elevated to the appellate court and lastly to the Supreme Court. However, the Supreme Court accelerated the process and decided that it would hear the lawsuits.
The issue that is currently being challenged in the Supreme Court is the obligation of the employer to give employees a choice from an array of procedures that are going to be paid for by the health care provider, but they are against the values of the employer. The government is currently being given 30 days to comment on the issue.