Federal appeals court upholds Affordable Care Act challenge
President Barack Obama
A U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Wednesday. The circuit court affirmed a Michigan federal judge's previous ruling that Congress can mandate Americans to purchase health insurance.
The three-judge panel voted 2-1 in favor of upholding the Michigan judge's ruling. So far, there have been more than 30 legal challenges filed against the law. Court watchers expect the case to eventually reach the Supreme Court.
The lengthy majority opinion in the Cincinnati case was written by a Jimmy Carter appointee and agreed with by a George W. Bush appointee, according to the Associated Press. Ronald Reagan appointed the dissenting judge.