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Appeals Court Rejects Health Mandate

A ruling by a divided Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals found the health insurance mandate in the Affordable Care Act to be unconstitutional, but upheld...
August 16, 2011

A ruling by a divided Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals found the health insurance mandate in the Affordable Care Act to be unconstitutional, but upheld the rest of the law in a lawsuit brought by 26 states. That lays the groundwork for a potential ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, because of a conflicting appeals court ruling in June by the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati that upheld health reform law, including the mandate to obtain insurance coverage. That ruling has already been appealed to the Supreme Court. Still to come is a ruling by the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., which is to decide on a district court decision rejecting the mandate as unconstitutional but upholding the remainder of the Affordable Care Act.

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