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Court gives go ahead for 20 states to challenge US health reform

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 18 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5854
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

A federal judge in Florida has ruled that a lawsuit by 20 states has sufficient legal grounds to proceed in its challenge of the US health reform law passed in March.

Last month a Michigan judge ruled against a similar challenge, but in August a Virginia judge ruled that the state could challenge the health reform act (BMJ 2010;341:c4330, doi:10.1136/bmj.c4330).

The Florida ruling is important because it consolidates challenges to the health reform act by 20 states, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, and two individuals. The various lawsuits are likely to make their slow way to the Supreme Court while provisions of the health reform act take …

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