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Liberty University's Challenge Of Health Care Law Dismissed

LYNCHBURG, Va. - (Mealey's) A Virginia federal judge on Nov. 30 dismissed a lawsuit brought by group of plaintiffs in Virginia, including a private Christian university, challenging the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PPACA), saying that the new law is constitutional...

Judge Rules Parts Of Health Care Act Unconstitutional

RICHMOND, Va. -- (Mealey's) A Virginia federal judge on Dec. 13 held that the individual mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is unconstitutional and severed it from the rest of the act; the judge denied the plaintiff's request for injunctive relief ( Commonwealth...

20 States Ask Judge To Throw Out Obama Health Care Law

PENSACOLA, Fla. - (AP) Attorneys for 20 states fighting the new federal health care law told a judge Thursday it will expand the government's powers in dangerous and unintended ways. The states want U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson to issue a summary judgment throwing out the health care law without...

House Votes To Repeal Health Care Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted Jan. 19 245-189 to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Debate on H.R. 2 -- "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Act" -- began Tuesday. The evening vote passed mostly along party lines, with only three...

Florida Judge Finds Individual Mandate In Health Care Act Unconstitutional

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- (Mealey's) A Florida federal judge on Jan. 31 struck down as unconstitutional the individual mandate portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and, finding that the provision is not severable, held that the entire act must be declared void ( State of Florida...

Hatch: Kagan Should Sit Out Health Care Reform Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, an opponent of the recently enacted health care overhaul, says Justice Elena Kagan should not take part in the widely expected Supreme Court consideration of the new law. Hatch's call is part of the broad legal and political maneuvering on both...

Mississippi Judge Dismisses Health Care Overhaul Lawsuit

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - (AP) A federal judge is dismissing a lawsuit in Mississippi that challenges part of the Obama administration's health care law, but giving the plaintiffs 30 days to make changes to their complaint. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett ruled Thursday that the several people who...

Obama Administration Defends Health Care Reform In Court

RICHMOND, Va. - (AP) President Barack Obama's administration said in court papers Monday that a federal judge in Virginia erred in striking down the centerpiece of its health care reform law. The administration urged the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse the judge's ruling, arguing...

Order Declaring Health Care Law Unconstitutional Is Stayed Pending Immediate Appeal

PENSACOLA, Fla. - (Mealey's) A Florida federal judge who declared the federal health care reform law unconstitutional responded March 3 to a federal government motion to clarify by issuing a stay pending an immediate appeal ( State of Florida, et al. v. United States Department of Health and Human...

11th Circuit Speeds Up Health Overhaul Appeal

(AP) A federal appeals court has agreed to act swiftly in considering a Florida judge's ruling that President Obama's health care overhaul is unconstitutional. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta said Friday that it had agreed to expedite the appeal, setting a faster timetable. . . ...

4th Circuit Considers Whether Individual Mandate Unconstitutional

RICHMOND, Va. - (Mealey's) The federal government argued before a panel of the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 10 that a district court judge erred in finding that the individual mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is unconstitutional, while the...

4th Circuit Considers If Dismissal Of Health Care Law Challenge Appropriate

RICHMOND, Va. - (Mealey's) A group of plaintiffs in Virginia, including a private Christian university, argued before the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 10 that a lower court erred in finding that Congress acted within its power in enacting the individual mandate contained in the Patient...

11th Circuit Hears Oral Arguments In Lawsuit Over Health Care Law

ATLANTA - (Mealey's) An 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel heard more than two hours of oral argument on June 8 in the federal government's challenge to a district court's decision finding the minimum coverage provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) unconstitutional...

6th Circuit Finds Individual Mandate In Health Care Act Constitutional

CINCINNATI -- (Mealey's) The individual mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is a valid exercise of Congress' power under the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution, a Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel held June 29 in affirming the dismissal of...

Obama Reaps Victory As 6th Circuit Upholds Health Care Overhaul

CINCINNATI - (AP) In the first ruling by a federal appeals court on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a panel in Cincinnati handed the administration a victory Wednesday by agreeing that the government can require a minimum amount of insurance for Americans. A Republican-appointed judge...

3rd Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Health Care Act Case For Lack Of Standing

NEWARK, N.J. - (Mealey's) A Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Aug. 3 affirmed the dismissal of a challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) brought by a New Jersey physician, one of his patients and a physician organization, saying that the plaintiffs failed to...

11th Circuit Strikes Health Insurance Requirement

ATLANTA - (AP) A federal appeals panel struck down the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care overhaul Friday, moving the argument over whether Americans can be required to buy health insurance a step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. The divided three-judge panel of the 11th...

4th Circuit: Virginia Lacked Standing To Challenge Health Care Reform Act

RICHMOND, Va. - (Mealey's) A Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Sept. 8 reversed a lower court ruling holding that the individual mandate provision contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was unconstitutional, finding that the State of Virginia lacked standing...

States Petition Supreme Court In Health Care Act Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) States challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) filed a petition on Sept. 28 for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying an 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals decision affirming that the individual mandate contained in the act...

Government Petitions U.S. Supreme Court In Health Care Act Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The federal government on Sept. 28 filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals erred in affirming that the individual mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is unconstitutional...

Supreme Court To Review Challenges To Health Care Reform Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 14 agreed to review three cases challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) after considering five of six petitions challenging the act at its Nov. 10 conference ( National Federation of Independent Business, et al...

High Court Hears First Day Of Arguments On Health Care Reform Act

The U.S. Supreme Court on March 26 heard oral arguments on whether challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are premature under the Anti-Injunction Act and should be barred until penalties for failing to purchase health care insurance under the individual mandate have to be paid ...

U.S. Supreme Court Considers Whether Individual Mandate Is Unconstitutional

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 27 heard oral arguments on whether the individual mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that requires most Americans to purchase health care insurance is constitutional ( Department of Health and Human...

High Court Hears Arguments On Severability Of Individual Mandate In Health Care Reform Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In the first of two sessions on March 28, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether, if the individual mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care (PPACA) is found unconstitutional, it can be severed from the remainder of the act ( National...

High Court Hears Arguments On Constitutionality Of Expansion Of Medicaid Required By PPACA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In the final of four sessions of oral arguments held this week pertaining to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments March 28 on whether the act's expansion of Medicaid is constitutional ( State of Florida, et...