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D.C. Defends Obamacare!

Not a surprise, exactly, but worth noting that the D.C. government is signing onto a brief that asks the Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act, written by 10 states and the Virgin Islands. The states that have opposed the law have gotten a bit more media attention so far.

From a press release by the office of D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan: "The brief contends that the healthcare law is constitutionally valid, and that the federal commerce power, by design, includes the power to regulate individual conduct so long as the individual’s conduct, combined with others’ conduct, may have a significant effect on interstate commerce."

Full release after the jump.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The District of Columbia, represented by Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan, has joined Maryland, nine other states and the Virgin Islands in a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of the 2010 federal healthcare law — the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  The brief contends that the healthcare law is constitutionally valid, and that the federal commerce power, by design, includes the power to regulate individual conduct so long as the individual’s conduct, combined with others’ conduct, may have a significant effect on interstate commerce.  The brief notes that the individual States and the District “have each made determined efforts to address the extraordinary problems associated with the current system of healthcare delivery in the United States, including spiraling costs, limitations on the availability of insurance coverage, and restricted access to medical services,” and that state-by-state “efforts cannot fully counteract the force of inexorable national trends driven by problems that are fundamentally interstate in nature.”

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