Second US appeal court rules in favour of US health reform

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 13 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5862
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

The Obama administration gained a second appeal court victory last week concerning its health reform law.

On 8 September a three judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, dismissed two challenges to the US health reform law, known as the Affordable Care Act, which was passed in March 2010 (BMJ 2010;340:c1635, doi:10.1136/bmj.c1635). So far two appeal courts have ruled that the law is constitutional and one has said that the law is unconstitutional (BMJ 2011;343:d4236, doi:10.1136/bmj.d4236; 2011;343:d5257, doi:10.1136/bmj.d5257).

However, the Fourth Circuit Court did not concern itself with the …

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