Appeals Court Nixes Health-Care Mandate

Requirement that individuals have health coverage is unconstitutional, court says.

A federal appeals court struck down as unconstitutional the central provision of President Barack Obama’s health-care law requiring most Americans get coverage, bringing the 2010 law ever-closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The 2 to 1 ruling is in direct conflict with an earlier ruling by a federal appeals panel in Cincinnati, which upheld the individual mandate. The provision exceeds Congress’s power to regulate commerce, a U.S. appeals court panel in Atlanta ruled today, affirming a lower court in a lawsuit by 26 states.

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