NEWS RELEASE

September 8, 2011
PR-11/13
For additional information:
Jason Hammersla
202-289-6700

Fourth Circuit health care law ruling leaves continued uncertainty

Employers urge swift resolution to constitutionality of health care law

WASHINGTON, DC — WASHINGTON, DC — "The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals missed an opportunity today to help address the legal uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act. With two other appeals courts split on the law's constitutionality, the U.S. Supreme Court will inevitably resolve it, and the Fourth Circuit's reasoned analysis — rather than procedural dismissal of the case — would have helped the Supreme Court," said American Benefits Council President James A. Klein.

"Employers are working hard to implement the law and they need certainty to focus on their core business mission. It is essential for individuals, and the employers from whom most Americans their get their coverage, to know whether the law is constitutional. Citizens, employers and all stakeholders deserve the clarity that only the Supreme Court can provide. The high court must now make that decision without the benefit of the Fourth Circuit's views on the substance of the law," said Klein.

For more information, or to arrange an interview with Council staff on legal implications of the health care law, please contact Jason Hammersla, Council director, communications, at 202-289-6700.

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The American Benefits Council is the national trade association for companies concerned about federal legislation and regulations affecting all aspects of the employee benefits system. The Council's members represent the entire spectrum of the private employee benefits community and either sponsor directly or administer retirement and health plans covering more than 100 million Americans.