Appeals Court Tosses Virginia ObamaCare Lawsuits

Unanimous decision issued
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 8, 2011 11:54 AM CDT
Federal Court Tosses Virginia ObamaCare Lawsuits
President Barack Obama gestures as he talks about the rising cost of health care.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – A federal appeals court in Virginia has dismissed two lawsuits that had claimed President Obama's health care overhaul was unconstitutional. The unanimous decision was issued today by a three-judge panel of the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals. It is the second appellate court ruling affirming the government's right to require individuals to buy health insurance or pay a penalty.

A federal appeals court in Cincinnati also upheld the law, but an appeals court in Atlanta struck down the insurance mandate. Two of the judges on the Virginia panel were appointed by Obama, the other by Bill Clinton. They rejected claims by the state's Republican attorney general and Liberty University that the insurance mandate is unconstitutional. More than 30 lawsuits have been filed over the law. (Read more Virginia stories.)

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