The three-judge panel of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the individual mandate in its first ruling on the national health care legislation President Obama signed into law.
"Congress had a rational basis for concluding that the minimum coverage provision is essential to the Affordable Care Act's larger reforms to the national markets in health care delivery and health insurance," Judge Boyce F. Martin, appointed by former President Jimmy Carter, wrote for the majority in the 2-1 ruling, the Associated Press reported. A George W. Bush appointee voted with him and a Ronald Reagan appointee dissesnted.
An appeal is expected. This will go on either to the full appeals court or the Supreme Court.
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