I. Mark the items below true (T) or false (F) according to our class materials:
1) _____Legal challenges to the Obama health care reform were certain to reach the U.S. Supreme Court because parties dissatisfied with U.S. District Court decisions on the matter were able to appeal to the Constitutional Court.
2) _____In Florida v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the District Court Judge rendered a declaratory judgment against the constitutionality of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
3) _____In Florida v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the District Court Judge provided no injunctive relief.
4) _____The defendants in Florida v. U.S. DHHS argue that Congress lacks the authority to pass an individual mandate to purchase health insurance into law under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.
5) _____The Florida District Judge hearing that case rejected the defendants’ argument that individuals’ decisions not to purchase health insurance constitute activity that can be regulated by the federal government.
6) _____The Judge also accepted the plaintiffs’ claim that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act violates case law on constitutional spending principles.
7) _____Florida v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services hinges on matters of law, as opposed to factual disputes.
8) _____ The Judge in the case found no reasonable support for the plaintiff’s argument that the federal government is coercing the states into expanding Medicaid.
II. Complete the sentences below with words from the list:
provision / incomes / injunction / enforcement / claim / pleadings / exercise / motion / briefs
to amend / to challenge / to come down to / to find / to burden / to constitute / to commandeer / to allude / to contend
enumerated / declaratory / monetary / sustainable / entitled
impermissibly / within / to the extent / thereunder______________________________________________________________
- The lawsuit _____ (1) whether the statute in question _____ (2) an _____ (3) of power by Congress that is _____ (4) under the Commerce Clause.
- The _____ (5) of the law that the newspaper article _____ (6) to requires that individuals purchase health insurance or pay a _____ (7) fine.
- The plaintiffs _____ (8) that the law _____ (9) Medicaid in ways that _____ (10) _____ (11) the states.
- The Judge entered a judgment for the plaintiffs, but recognized that Congress is _____ (12) to expand Medicaid, and he did not issue an injunction stopping _____ (13) of the law.
- In one case the judge granted the defendants’ _____ (14) to dismiss the complaint, _____ (15) that the plaintiffs had failed to state a _____ (16).
- All the legal controversy surrounding the reform enacted by Congress in 2010, and the new regulations _____ (17), essentially _____ (18) the legal definition of one word.
- Some say the reform is abusive _____ (19) that it goes beyond the _____ (20) powers given Congress by the Constitution.