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. Mark

    What ever happened to proofreading? "The decision is not part....." I think you meant "The decision is NOW part......"

    November 8, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Andreas Moser

      I think CNN might be right here. The case in question has just been decided by the Appeals Court. How could it already be pending with the SC?

      November 8, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Andreas Moser

    "This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest details as soon as we get it."
    No thanks, you may wait until the Supreme Court will have decided. Anything else is really not that relevant.

    November 8, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe /roofer of elaborate homes /

    Well seeing as though I have to buy health insurance I want a law that every house in michigan has to have the owner purchase a roof installed by my business .Its the same thing

    November 8, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Andreas Moser

      No, it's not the same thing:
      1) You can buy your health insurance from a range of companies. Nobody is forced to come to you.
      2) If I don't have a roof on my house, it doesn't cost your taxpayer dollars when I have to go to the ER.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Andreas, you're missing the point. The point is that Obama, like our previous Presidents, is pushing the commerce clause. The Commerce Clause says the Feds REGULATE commerce between the states. Obama has said:

      1. Because at some point in the future you're going to get sick, you're going to be involved in "commerce" of going to the hospital.
      2. Magically, that means you're going to be engaged in "interstate commerce"

      If being alive means you're going to be engaged in "health care interstate commerce", then that means the feds can require you to buy ANY product they deem ... "an eventual necessity to the survivability of the economy"

      If this goes through, there will be absolutely no limit to what the Federal government can do because EVERYTHING YOU DO AFFECTS THE ECONOMY AND IS THEREFORE UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

      Too fat? That affects the economy. Drink too much? Economy. You want to volunteer at the Red Cross instead of work? Economy. You refuse to work during a time of war? Economy. Movie industry is a little slow, now you have to buy a movie ticket or pay a fine.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • AZpatriot

      @gung hoe, it's not even close to the same.

      November 9, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. tay

    So as I understand the law, we're going to be forced to buy insurance, healthcare for the cronically ill will be rationed and we will be penalised if we can't afford the insurance? gods help this country

    November 8, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Andreas Moser

      No, in fact you will be supported if you can't afford the insurance.
      Also, I find it funny that in one sentence, you manage to criticise the requirement to get health insurance and the rationing of health care (which will actually not take place). Do you even know what you want?

      November 8, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Cas

      No, you're all chipping in a little bit to save the lives of the less unfortunate. If you like to praise yourself for being a Christian nation, it isn't that bad to act like actual Christians.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • LibinCollege

      You have the law completely backwards... You will not be penalized if you do not have insurance. Andreas Moser is correct.

      I'm confused at how a person could think that a bill designed to help tens of millions could be seen as a penalty.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Don

      You will indeed be forced to buy insurance and fined if you don't have it. Rationing of health care has happened in every country where this kind of national health care scheme has been implemented (England, etc.). It'll happen here too.

      November 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cas

      @Don: Oh really? Got any sources on that? For all I know universal health care is established in every single industrialized nation in the west with the only exception being the United States, and in all these places the care is of better quality, waiting times are shorter and so are the costs.

      November 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. magu

    Mr. President, I just wanted to say Im sorry that you came at a time when this Country was in Turmoil, with loss of JOBS-Healthcare-Bad Economy, it wasnt really you, this is years of misappropriation if funds, clearly this was going to happen even if they had elected Donald Duck, but you bare the blame for all the downfall, I feel for you and your family, watching you as these people belittle you, and try to rip you apart. I feel ashamed to be an American, at this time in my life, and I have been always a PROUD AMERICAN, but I see what this Country is doing and it pains me after all that was done to make it the Country it used to be. Shameful what these people are doing. Please don't let them get away with it, you are the President of the United States of America. Pass the laws make America work, stop the Insurance Companies from stealing from the Poor and discriminating against the sick, stop the Rich from getting Richer off of POOR peoples backs, Make me PROUD to be an AMERICAN AGAIN.

    November 8, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • CenTexan

      Yeah, why don't he just have a couple of trillion dollars printed up out of thin air again!!

      November 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Big-Pharma is on the way out. by Walking Zombies, blogger.

    Big pharma’s lobbying powers are tremendously enourmous, the Meat and Dairy Farmers lobby looks like Girl Scout's selling cookies to Congressmen by comparison. But it looks like Obama’s health reform agenda, at least as far as generic drugs are concerned, will put a big dent in Big-Pharma, and their available lobby(aka bribe) dollars.

    If Obama has his way with the 2012 federal budget, generic versions of high-cost biotech drugs (often called follow-on biologics) will enter the market years sooner than the law currently allows. As things stand now, biotech drugs have market exclusivity for 12 years, but the White House wants to cut that to seven. This goal follows Obama’s broader plan to lower prescription drug costs by increasing consumer access to generic alternatives of both traditional and biotech pharmaceuticals.

    opinion: Big-Pharma is going down. Little-Pharma, it's designated replacement, will be therefor easier to bring down to nothing. America is being weaned off of street drugs and Big-Pharma's expensive copies of those drugs. One day soon, America will be virtually drug free, and will prosper for real. Those who defraud America's treasury with fraudulently obtained disabilty claims, are also the ones doing most of drugs...both cheap street drugs/booze, and expensive versions made available through their disabilty which also includes free prescription narcotics.

    Happy Day's will be here again. I get to be Ritchie Cunningham. Is there a Joney Cunningham in this house?

    November 8, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jj

    at a cost of oveR a trillion dollars! obama is wonderful Isnt he? Not! hes bringin this country to its knees with his out of control spending folks. america wake up!

    November 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jj

    magu shut up hes been in office for nearly three years and you people still use the that lame ass card

    November 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • AZpatriot

      @Jj, you have a serious problem dude. you might want to see your
      doctor about appropiate medication.

      November 9, 2011 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. Scottish Mama

    I wish cnn. would post the names of the states and the private groups names.(probably lobbyist and Pharma)
    So what I have heard here is good things. Can we change the things that does not work for the american workers and poor?

    November 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Karen

    I'm all for this bill. Basically, if you have to purchase insurance privately, the government will subsidize the amount that you are paying based on a sliding scale of what your family income is. If you make BELOW a certain level, you will also be eligible to be covered under Medicaid. This also gives the government oversight over the health plans, they can restrict the rate increases even more, and penalize plans that say, drop patients who develop cancer during their policy terms by removing them from the government marketplace. My sister and her husband pay for their insurance privately. They pay $800 a month. They couldn't afford to insure their children so the kids are on a medicaid plan already. When this bill goes into effect, at their income level, they will be able to insure their entire family for less than $500 a month, and the kids will be taken off Medicaid. It's unrealistic to think that you can live without health insurance these days, and this bill is meant to take the strain OFF of both families and medical facilities.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. About law and the Supreme Court. by Walking Zombies, blogger.

    note: The Supreme Court does NOT make law, they simply form an opinion and make it available to
    lower courts to use argueing cases. Laws are legislated, not opinionated.

    Our Legislative branch of government can at any time tell the Supreme Court to sit down and shut the hello up. The only
    problem is, our legislatative branch has been taken over by men who cheat on their wives frequently,
    and so agree with legal abortions, and gay men who agree with the Supreme Court that dirty old men
    shouldn't be charged with statutory raype of boys under the age of consent. (18)

    This is all changeing...the wheels are in motion. Nothing can stop abortion and sodomy from
    becoming illegal again...and nothing can stop gay men from being granted access to the same Justice
    that straight men are granted.

    The laws that will do this have already been written, and will be signed into law when victory
    is declared over terror. That's why these new laws are called the Victory Act of Congress.

    You dirtly old men butt rayeping our boys should be hoping that this war on terror never ends. And those of you
    whom even do this to your own's time for you to start thinking about what you will be doing in

    You religious leaders and members who have been rayeping our boys, and you others who have called upon yourselves RATHER than calling the police, you should all take your passports and leave rught now. NONE of you filthy people will escape matter what religion you hide yourselves in. Many of you know your bibles, and already know this to be true. Yeah YOU mr. preacherman with guts full of dead red meat and obese wives going around saying how you are so special in God's eyes. Get a clue fat azzes...yer going down, brother.

    hagd 🙂

    November 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • khepera420

      Psssst! Your sodomy fixation is showing.

      November 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gung hoe

    @anereas moser you couldnt be more wrong .If you dont have a roof over you ,just try sleeping out under the stars and clouds and rain and see how long it is before your in the E R with pneumonia so you are wrong a new roof is preventive medicine

    November 8, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SPONGE Bob Sperm pants

    PHILLIP touched me.Inappropriatly

    November 8, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Scottish Mama

    For all who would like to read about The healthcare Act and truely want to see what the purpose of it is, go to Health care reform debate in the united states-at wikpedia.
    It says the cost of insurance from 2000 has gone up 78%, and wages have gone up 19%. Someone is making alot of money off us.
    It also has the GDP, quality of care it will provide. drugs savings, cost analysis, and proposed savings. Hope this helps everyone looking for answers.
    If this is true why are we fighting it? Or are we maybe it is just the republicans and Pharma drug people? Are they stronger than our vote? Is President Obama really trying to help and we are fighting him on behalf of pharma? If you look up the bills passed in 2004 I would say big business has no business in our health care. But can the government stay out of it enough so we get great healthcare and can the big business be held down? All of us will live it, all remains to be seen. Stay tuned.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scottish Mama

    @gung -always the thinkin' man. I think if it is passed we will pay less for insurance and be able to afford a roof though.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
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