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A Court Win for Healthcare Law

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, the first federal appellate court to hear a challenge to President Obama's healthcare reform, ruled that...
July 6, 2011

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, the first federal appellate court to hear a challenge to President Obama's healthcare reform, ruled that the law's insurance mandate is constitutional. The majority of the panel's three members decided that the minimum coverage provision is a valid exercise of the authority of Congress under the Commerce Clause.

The challenge was brought to court by the conservative Thomas More Law Center. The majority included Judge Jeffrey Sutton, a former law clerk to conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and an appointee of President George W. Bush. Sutton is the first Republican appointee on the federal bench to find the insurance mandate constitutional. Two other legal challenges brought by Republican state officials in Virginia, Florida and other states are being reviewed by federal appeals courts in Atlanta and Richmond, Virginia. Most legal experts and others involved in healthcare lawsuits expect the Supreme Court to make the final decision on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

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