Obama administration wins first appeal court ruling on health reform

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 04 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4236
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

The US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, ruled on 29 June that the US health reform act was constitutional, including the requirement that from 2014 most citizens buy health insurance.

It was the first appeals court ruling on the law, which has been challenged in 26 lawsuits in lower courts. Some of the lower courts’ rulings have supported the health reform act, while others have ruled it unconstitutional.

The health reform act, known as the Affordable Care Act, was passed in March 2010. It requires most US citizens to purchase health insurance in 2014 or …

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