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article imageFederal Judge Finds U.S. Healthcare Reform Constitutional

By Joy Lutes     Oct 8, 2010 in Politics
Washington - On Thursday, a federal judge in the state of Michigan ruled that the new American healthcare reform legislation is constitutional.
The plaintiffs in the case asserted that the statue compelling individuals to purchase a healthcare policy or else pay a tax penalty was not covered by the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause empowering Congress with the authority to regulate interstate commerce. Federal Judge George Caram Steeh did not agree and ruled that the regulation fell within Congressional bounds.
Thursday’s decision marks the first such case to be ruled against rather than dismissed. Still pending are several cases questioning the constitutionality of the law. Among the most notable is a suit filed in Virginia federal court in which a judge is scheduled to hear oral arguments regarding a motion to dismiss the case on October 18 and a suit in a Florida federal court that was filed by 20 states.
While supporters of the law are celebrating the ruling, detractors are quick to point out the legal battle is not over. House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-IN) predicted to WLS radio in Indiana that the case will end up in the highest court in the land, saying, “It's going to the Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court's going to decide whether or not the Constitution of the United States permits the government to order the American people to purchase goods or services, whether they want them or need them or not."
According to a Washington Post piece, the plaintiffs plan to appeal the ruling.
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