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Appeals court in Va. hears healthcare cases
Modern Healthcare

A federal appeals panel dominated by appointees of President Barack Obama heard more than two hours of arguments Tuesday in two Virginia lawsuits challenging his healthcare overhaul.

The three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., vigorously questioned lawyers on both sides, but the most spirited exchanges focused on the central issue in both cases: whether the law’s requirement that individuals buy insurance or pay a penalty is constitutional. Two federal judges in Virginia split on that question.