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Upcoming rulings may determine if health care reform challenges will reach Supreme Court

Posted On Wed, August 3, 2011

The Affordable Care Act instituted by the Obama administration has been met with both support and opposition. Detractors from the legislation argue that it's unconstitutional for the federal government to require citizens to purchase health insurance by 2014 or else pay penalties. Several landmark appellate court rulings expected to come this summer could determine whether the matter ends up before the Supreme Court, according to ABC News.

A panel of three judges in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals heard two cases in May in Richmond, Virginia: Liberty University v. Geithner and Virginia v. Sebelius. The federal government argued in both cases that Congress had not exceeded its authority with the passage of the legislature.

In June in Atlanta, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments from 26 states, two individual plaintiffs and the National Federation of Independent Business. The District Court judge who heard the case before the appellate court, Roger Vinson, ruled in favor of the plaintiffs.

The article notes that it remains uncertain if the challenges will reach the Supreme Court or not.

The U.S. Census Bureau states that in 2009, there were more than 50 million people without health insurance. There are many reasons why some people defer from having health insurance, one of the most prominent being that many don't believe they can afford the health insurance rates

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