November 8th, 2011
11:27 AM ET

Healthcare law ruled constitutional by federal appeals court

The sweeping healthcare reform bill championed by President Obama has been upheld as constitutional by a federal appeals court Wednesday.

The decision is not part of a half-dozen other appeals pending at the Supreme Court. The justices could decide this week whether to take on one or more of those legal challenges to the law, brought by more than a two dozen states and a coalition of private groups and individuals.


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  1. Scottish Mama

    @Karen I tend to agree, you are paying 78% more than in 2000 and small business employers are not covering workers and spouses and children anymore how much worse could it get?

    November 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Reading Comprehension 101

    "The decision is NOT part of a half-dozen other appeals pending at the Supreme Court."

    Meaning there will others decided later this week.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • khepera420

      No. Meaning the Supreme Court will decide whether or not to even hear any of the others.

      November 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |

    Zombie, it's RICHIE and JOANIE Cunningham! And I guarantee NOBODY wants to be your sister!!!!

    November 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jerry C RI

    Jeez, what is up with this Zombie?

    November 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Big Pharma, COMC

    All right, but don't come crying to me when you've got a headache.

    November 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Big Pharma, COMC

    Try to "play nicely."
    That was the quote.
    cc: Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    November 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lurker #712

      Coming from you, that is the height of hypocrisy.

      November 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini


    November 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. btruth

    To bad the judicial system is bought and paid for by the banking elite. Along with the executive branch and the department of defense EVERYTHING they say or do is ILLEGAL. The country was taken over in 1913. All dictator/executive orders are fraud and NULL & VOID. Yes, that means the illegal amendment to allow a centralized PRIVATE bank control our money is ILLEGAL as well!
    City of london owns the bank of england, the bank of england owns the federal reserve, the rothchild luciferian family owns the bank of england.
    Presidents are SELECTED not ELECTED!
    Simply read tragedy and hop or 1984 or brave new world to get a glimpse at the OPEN NW0 CONSPIRACY.

    November 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Gold Dragon (evolved dragonex)

    Well I don't know what to think anymore. I just got a diagnosis that was bad. I had cancer removed 2 years ago and found out it is back. So I'm back to square one. It took a lot to get back on my feet and now I have to do the same trip over again. I have to move in with my family while I try to handle the surgery and treatment. Been packing and will be moving north in 2 weeks. I sure am not looking forward to the winters there.

    November 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bec

      Good luck buddy, you're in my thoughts! Just leet fighting

      November 9, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Thank goodness for this healthcare bill, or you might be denied coverage for your cancer treatment.

      November 9, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Gold Dragon, 5:11:
    I just got home and read your post re the doctor.
    I have a feeling that you're going to be just fine. I'm thinking good thoughts for you.
    Winters here are really beautiful. Sometimes the snow and ice make magical lands that glisten and almost make sleighbell sounds by themselves.
    It's still pretty mild in NYC today, and by the end of February, the cold weather is pretty much over.
    Winter up here is what you make of it.
    I love it.

    November 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gold Dragon (evolved dragonex)

    Thanks jif. I will be in the DC area. There is a cancer treatment facility in philadelphia and john hopkins hospital in maryland. This surgery is more intense and I will not be able to walk at all for several weeks. So I will be sitting by the fireplace a lot. I haven't been through a winter there in a long time. I know I will enjoy watching it snow. It is beautiful to watch. I'm fortunate to have caring family to support me through this. I haven't seen some family in quite awhile. I'm glad I will be able to see my 93 year old aunt. So. I'm just gonna take a deep breath and move forward and take things one step at a time.

    November 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. WOT

    It is so, so funny how people talk about health care but forget what has to be done to drive a car! Is driving more important than your health. No brain Americans!

    November 8, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Driving a car is considered a priviledge, not a right. Breathing/walking should be free..

      November 9, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    @golden Dragon:
    I am sending warm wishes your way.
    Jif is correct; winter is what you make of it.
    And no matter what some uniformed people may say, if you are offered chemo, and it's the only option to keep you alive, take the chemo.

    I'm pulling for you.
    There's life after cancer; I have many friends to prove it.

    (My cancer was easily treatable, and there's been no recurrence.)

    DC is pretty in the winter.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gold Dragon (evolved dragonex)

    @banasy. Yes I have decided to go with the chemo. The surgery involves my lymph nodes. Thanks for the warm wishes.

    November 8, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    @Golden Dragon:
    Oh, my dear, I'm so sorry.
    I shall have you close in my thoughts.
    We'll be here, should you need us.
    You appear to be a strong person, kick some cancer ass!

    November 8, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
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