The controversial healthcare reform law scored an important victory recently when a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 that Congress can require individuals to carry health insurance.
The verdict supporting the individual coverage mandate is the first for an appellate court. It is also the first time a Republican judge has sided with the Obama administration in backing health reform’s constitutionality.
Those in favor of the reform law called the ruling an important bipartisan test of reform’s ability to stand up against the many legal challenges it is currently facing.
However, opponents said the verdict is an insignificant victory in a legal struggle that will ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court.
To date, more than 30 lawsuits have been filed against the reform law since it was passed.
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