A U.S. Appeals Court backed President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Tuesday, ruling it was constitutional to require Americans to buy healthcare insurance coverage by early 2014 or pay a penalty.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2 to 1 in favor of the Obama administration.

The ruling comes as the Obama Administration and multiple states are asking for the Supreme Court to hear a separate but related case on the constitutionality of the 2010 law during the 2011-2012 term.

Prior to the latest case two courts of appeal had ruled in favor of the law, while one had ruled against it.

"The right to be free from federal regulation is not absolute, and yields to the imperative that Congress be free to forge national solutions to national problems, no matter how local—or seemingly passive—their individual origins," Judge Laurence Silberman.

The appeals court upheld a decision from a lower court that had dismissed the challenge and had found the law's minimum coverage requirement was constitutional.

The case is Seven-Sky v. Holder, 11-5047, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Published by Medicaldaily.com
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