You can once again breathe a sigh of relief. The 4th circuit panel in Virginia has ruled that President Obama’s healthcare reform, better known as The Affordable Healthcare Act, is legal. To the millions of Americans who will benefit from this healthcare policy, and to the rest of America who would not have to flip the bill for the uninsured getting their care in emergency rooms, this is great news.
The lawsuit was brought to the 4th circuit panel by Virginia’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, one of the most vocal opposition to the health care law.
Cuccinelli sued on the grounds that enforcing the mandate would violate Virginia law. As Congress moved closer to passing healthcare reform, Virginia enacted a law that says state residents can’t be forced to purchase insurance.
But the 4th Circuit panel said Virginia does not have standing to sue over the mandate because it lacks a “personal stake” in the issue.
Although this is a temporary victory for America, Republican governors nationwide are determined to take this case all the way to the Supreme Court.
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