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Supreme Court Asked to Decide Constitutionality of Obama Health Care Law

Posted Jul 28, 2011 6:25 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The first cert petition seeking review of the Obama administration’s health care law has reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

The petition (PDF) asks the court to overturn a ruling upholding the law’s insurance mandate, report the New York Times and The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times. The decision last month by the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was the first and so far only appellate review of the law.

Review is necessary, the cert petition argues, “to establish a meaningful limitation on congressional power under the commerce clause.” Without such limits, the brief says, the government would feel free to order citizens to take vitamins or join health clubs.

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