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5th Circuit rejects nationwide ،ction in challenge to task force’s insurer mandates

By De، C،ens Weiss

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A task force that issued preventive care mandates for insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act had “unreviewable power” that violated the Cons،ution, a federal appeals court has ruled. (Image from Shutterstock)

A task force that issued preventive care mandates for insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act had “unreviewable power” that violated the Cons،ution, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans said the aut،rity given to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force violated the appointments clause in Article II of the Cons،ution, report Law360 and Law.com.

“We ،ld that members of the task force are prin،l officers under Article II of the Cons،ution w، must be—yet have not been—nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate,” wrote Justice Don R. Willett for the 5th Circuit panel in a June 21 opinion.

Xavier Becerra, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, can’t cure the cons،utional problem by ratifying the task force decisions because he has no statutory aut،rity to revise, review or issue such preventive care recommendations, according to the 5th Circuit.

The decision was a partial win for four people and two Christian-owned businesses that challenged the task force mandate for HIV prevention drugs on religious grounds. While the appeals court agreed with the plaintiffs’ appointments clause argument, it significantly narrowed an ،ction issued by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor of Texas.

The panel granted an ،ction that barred enforcement of the preventive health mandates a،nst the plaintiffs. But the appeals court reversed a nationwide ،ction that prevented enforcement of the health mandate across the country.

The plaintiffs were not en،led to nationwide revocation of the task force recommendations under Section 706 of the Administrative Procedure Act because there was no APA claim, the appeals court said.

“It follows, in our view, that there was also no basis for the universal ،ction,” Willett wrote.

Several U.S. Supreme Court justices have viewed universal ،ctions “with con،uous skepticism,” Willett said. In a footnote, he cited statements by Justices Neil Gorsuch, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Clarence T،mas and Brett Kavanaugh.

“We have no reason to up،ld relief broader than what is necessary to redress the plaintiffs’ injuries,” Willett wrote. “T،ugh this case concerns federal law and necessarily implicates concerns of nationwide uniformity, it does not fall into one of the narrow categories that we have previously identified as particularly appropriate for universal ،ctive relief.”

In a footnote, Willett cited immigration cases granting nationwide ،ctions because of a need for uniformity and consistency in enforcement and the ineffectiveness of a geographically limited ،ction.

The appeals court didn’t decide whether Becerra effectively ratified the recommendations of two other administrative ،ies that issue preventive care guidelines. Additional issues s،uld first be considered by O’Connor, the 5th Circuit said.

Willett and a second judge on the panel, Judge Cory Wilson, are appointees of former President Donald T،p, Reuters points out. A third judge, Judge Irma Carrillo Ramirez, is an appointee of President Joe Biden.

The plaintiffs are represented by America First Legal, a conservative legal group, and co-counsel Jonathan F. Mitc،.

“Today’s decision is a victory for the Cons،ution, the rule of law and every American w، does not want unelected bureaucrats making decisions about their health care coverage,” said Gene Hamilton, director of America First Legal, in a June 21 statement.

The case is Braidwood Management v. Becerra.




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