Petition Challenging Health Care Law Reaches Supreme Court

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On Wednesday, the Supreme Court was asked to hear a challenge to the health care overhaul law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The timing of the challenge means the Court could rule on the matter in the months just before next year’s Presidential election.

The petition submitted Wednesday followed a divided decision last month by a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The decision was the first appeals court ruling on the constitutionality of the health care law. It was notable because Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton, a conservative judge who was a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, voted to uphold the law.

The Sixth Circuit case was brought by the Thomas More Law Center, which calls itself a defender of “America’s Christian heritage and moral values.”

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