The United States Supreme Court refused to hear a legal challenge to the healthcare reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Court declined without comment to hear the case originally filed in federal court in California by Steve Baldwin and the Pacific Justice Institute. The plaintiffs challenged the constitutionality of the mandate that every American purchase health insurance by 2014. Because a federal appeals court in California is still considering its decision, it would have been highly unusual for the Supreme Court to hear the challenge at this time.
The California challenge to PPACA is only one of multiple challenges in courts around the country. For instance, in Michigan a legal challenge was brought by the Thomas More Law Center. In addition, there is another lawsuit filed by several states, the National Federation of Independent Business and two individuals.
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