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Obama admin defends health care reform in court
San Francisco Chronicle

President Barack Obama’s administration said in court papers Monday that a federal judge in Virginia erred in striking down the centerpiece of its health care reform law.

The administration urged the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse the judge’s ruling, arguing in a 62-page opening brief that the law’s requirement that citizens buy health insurance or pay a penalty starting in 2014 is allowable under the Commerce Clause, a constitutional provision giving Congress power to regulate interstate commerce.

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