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Terry Graff, Published April 01 2012

Letter: It is premature for court ruling on health care law

If the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court deliver an opinion regarding the constitutionality of the mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act, they deserve to be removed from their positions. They are not supposed to provide advisory opinions.

Since this part of the act does not take effect until 2014, there is no basis for that part of the act to be challenged. The lawsuits challenging the mandate portion should be dismissed because they are not “ripe” for judicial action. Action on them would be similar to making a decision on a lawsuit brought claiming someone was going to injure you in 2014.

Since it hasn’t happened yet, there is no basis for the suit.