Soapstone of Judge Rules Health Law is Constitutional by Kevin Sack

This New York Times article, Judge Rules Health Law is Constitutional, written by Kevin Sack, describes the recent ruling by Judge George C. Steeh of Federal District Court in Detroit that the healthcare law is constitutional. The law has been challenged 15 times and Judge Steeh was the first to come to a ruling on the case. The legal challenge that Judge Steeh ruled on was put together by several Michigan residents and the Thomas More Law Center. The question of the issue is whether the Commerce Clause of the Constitution gives Congress the authority to require citizens to obtain a commercial product, in this case, healthcare. Judge Steeh ruled that the refusal of citizens to purchase health care qualified as “activities that substantially affect interstate commerce…. These decisions, viewed in the aggregate, have clear and direct impacts on health care providers, taxpayers and the insured population who ultimately pay for the care provided to those who go without insurance.”

Subject: This article explains the happenings of the first ruling for a legal challenge against the health law. It also informs the reader of the two higher profile court hearings on other challenges that will happen in later in October and in December.

Occasion: The  article is in response to the court ruling  that occurred in response to one of many challenges against the health law that will start in 2014.

Audience: The article is written for anyone following the law or the challenges against it.

Purpose: The purpose is to inform the public on the happenings of a court case that could very well affect them.

Speaker: The speaker is not portraying any role or character, he is merely describing events.

Tone: The article is informative and unbiased. It is very to the point.


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