Appeals Court Upholds Health Law

by Rebecca Farley on November 11, 2011

On November 8, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that all individuals have health insurance. The decision makes the court the 6th one to uphold the law. Nine courts have dismissed challenges to the law on the grounds that plaintiffs did not have the legal standing to bring a lawsuit, and three courts have overturned part or all of the law. Eight challenges against the law remain undecided at this time.

This week’s appeals court decision marks another victory for the Obama Administration in its legal endeavors to protect the ACA. Several of the previous court decisions on the ACA have been appealed to the Supreme Court, which met this week to select the cases that it will hear during its upcoming session. The split decisions among courts at the circuit level make it likely that the Supreme Court will take up the ACA. For the latest information on the legal challenges against the ACA, visit the Kaiser Health News Scoreboard.


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