Court Throws Out Health-Care Challenges

Federal appeals court says it lacks authority to decide if law is constitutional.

A federal appeals court in Virginia threw out two challenges to the Obama administration’s 2010 health-care law, saying it lacked authority to decide whether the measure is constitutional.

With the decisions, the court in Richmond today became the second U.S. appellate panel this year to leave the law intact after lower court judges ruled on its constitutionality. The decisions came in separate cases challenging the statute’s requirement that individuals buy health insurance or pay a tax penalty. A third appeals court threw out that mandate.

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