US appeals court rules against Obama healthcare law

By REUTERS
August 12, 2011 21:02

 
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WASHINGTON - A US appeals court ruled on Friday that US President Barack Obama's healthcare law requiring Americans to buy healthcare insurance or face a penalty was unconstitutional, a blow to the White House.

The US Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, found that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but also ruled that the rest of the wide-ranging law could remain in effect.

The legality of the so-called individual mandate, a cornerstone of the healthcare law, is widely expected to be decided by the US Supreme Court. The Obama administration has defended the provision as constitutional.

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