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Michigan law center appeals to Supreme Court over healthcare reform

Posted On Sat, July 30, 2011

The Thomas More Law Center of Ann Arbor, Michigan recently requested that the Supreme Court overturn the healthcare reform law, challenging the previous first federal appeals court ruling that upheld the law.

The conservative law firm asserts that Congress has overstepped its authority in requiring Americans to purchase health insurance or else face paying financial penalties. It argues that if the Supreme Court ratifies the law, "The federal government will have absolute and unfettered power to create complex regulatory schemes to fix every perceived problem imaginable and to do so by ordering private citizens to engage in affirmative acts, under penalty of law."

Similar arguments on challenges to the law have been heard in federal appeals courts in Atlanta and Richmond, Virginia, but no rulings have been made. The Supreme Court does not convene again until early in the autumn, and the earliest a healthcare case would be heard is in 2012.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 16.7 percent of Americans didn't have health insurance in 2009, an increase from the 15.4 percent in 2009. One of the main reasons many people don't have policies is because they don't think they would be able to afford the health insurance rates.

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