The judges also decided that individual citizens could not sue against the law until they actually have to pay the taxes that will be levied in 2014 by the controversial law.

Thursday’s decision that citizens must wait until the bill comes due could delay a decision by the Supreme Court until mid-2016, said Walter Dellinger, a Democrat, a former acting U.S. Solicitor General and a board member of the progressive American Constitution Society…

“That taxpayer would have to answer the question of ‘Who do you think will pay for your health care if there’s a catastrophic illness?’ The answer would have to be that the taxpayers would have to pay” for the individual’s health care, unless the individual had already purchased his or her own federal-regulated insurance, he said.