Court Rejects Tax Challenge to Affordable Care Act

Now it's not a tax?


A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected yet another legal challenge to Obamacare, ruling that it did not violate a constitutional provision that requires tax laws to be written in the House. Most of what became the Affordable Care Act was written in the Senate.

The legislation includes tax provisions but it was fundamentally a health bill, not a revenue bill, the three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in D.C. ruled. That means it falls outside the scope of the constitution's Origination Clause.