4th Circuit Doesn’t Rule on Healthcare Reform’s Constitutionality

The long-awaited decisions from the Richmond-based 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on the constitutionality of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate took a different tack: neither reached the ultimate issue of whether the requirement that individuals buy health insurance is constitutional.

Liberty University v. Geithner, dealing largely with the tax/penalty aspects of the mandate, decided the trial court didn’t have jurisdiction to hear the case.

Virginia v. Sebelius, brought by the state itself, held that Virginia did not have standing to pursue relief and likewise dismissed the case. 


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