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Yet Another Case Challenging ACA Rejected by Court

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Robert Barclay

| Jan 21, 2016

Yet Another Case Challenging ACA Rejected by Court

The latest challenge against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been rejected after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case questioning the source of the law’s origins.

Matt Sissel, a Washington artist, contended that the law was unconstitutional because it was a revenue-raising measure that started in the U.S. Senate, as opposed to the House of Representatives as required by the U.S. Constitution’s Origination Clause.

On a technicality, some Democrats pushed back, stating the bill originated in the House when the legislation first focused on homebuyers’ credit for military members; later, that legislation became the ACA.

In a 2014 ruling, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled against Sissel. His request for a rehearing before a full panel of judges also was rejected. After the Supreme Court voted to uphold insurance premium subsidies under the ACA in the King v. Burwell case, many legal experts believed the chances of Sissel winning his case were slim.

What this means for employers

Despite numerous and continuing attempts to challenge the ACA, the law still stands. The ACA remains in full force and it does not appear that it will be repealed anytime soon. Employers should continue to track information, report and file as the government requires. For complete compliance, consider utilizing HCM software designed to handle all of the ACA’s complexities. Paycom’s Enhanced ACA solution is designed to add accuracy and simplicity to your ACA reporting tasks.

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About the Author

Robert Barclay

Robert Barclay has been the Tax Research Team Lead at Paycom since 2012, and has been instrumental in such company projects as the development of its Affordable Care Act compliance product, implementation of geolocation services and redesign of Form W-2. He joined Paycom in 2011, bringing more than 20 years of experience with the capital markets consulting practices of Ernst & Young in Memphis, Tenn., and Birmingham, Ala.; and Causey Demgen & Moore in Denver, Colo. A native Oklahoman, Barclay is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, where he played football as linebacker.

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