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Health-Care Law Fight Heads to U.S. Appellate Courts
San Francisco Chronicle

The fate of U.S. President Barack Obama’s health-care law now moves to federal appeals courts in three cities as lower-court judges split evenly over whether the 2010 statute is valid under the U.S. Constitution.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires citizens over age 18 to obtain health coverage as part of the Obama administration’s goal of near-universal health care. Yesterday, a federal judge in Pensacola, Florida, ruled the mandate exceeded Congress’ power to regulate commerce and invalidated the entire law.

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