AG Coakley Says High Court Case Would Not Affect Massachusetts Law

March 28, 2012

Attorney General Martha Coakley says the requirement that Massachusetts residents purchase health insurance is unlikely to be altered by any ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on a similar federal provision.

Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley. Photo credit: Attorney General's Office

The high court began hearing arguments Monday on the constitutionality of the individual mandate contained in the 2010 federal health care bill.

Coakley told reporters in Boston that even if the Supreme Court were to strike down the federal provision, she did not believe it would affect the first-in-the-nation state law signed by then-Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006.

Coakley also noted that there had been no challenges to the Massachusetts law in the state courts.

In an earlier brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the so-called mandate, Coakley said it had been successful in expanding health care in Massachusetts.

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  • March 29, 2012 at 11:05 am
    Howard says:
    the simple reason for this is that the US constitution restricts the FEDERAL government from doing some things that states ARE allowed to do. So, it might be unconstitiutional... read more
  • March 28, 2012 at 2:43 pm
    original bob says:
    I knew it, Massachusetts law trumps Federal rulings and the US Constitution. I wish this article had explored Martha's logic rather than just reporting on what she said.
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