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Justice Department files reform-law defense with high court
Modern Healthcare

The Justice Department has filed with the Supreme Court (PDF) its formal defense of Congress’ requirement in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that nearly all Americans obtain health insurance or face a tax penalty.

Lawyers with President Barack Obama’s administration say in the 130-page brief that the insurance mandate was a proper attempt by Congress to regulate interstate commerce because the overall healthcare market overall was affected when tens of millions of uninsured Americans shift billions in uncompensated-care costs to the insured population.