Center for American Progress Comments on 4th Circuit Decision on the Affordable Care Act

Washington, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–September 8, 2011.  Today the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decided that it did not have the authority to rule over challenges brought against the Affordable Care Act. Below is a brief statement from Neera Tanden, Chief Operating Officer at the Center for American Progress:

Today’s opinions in the 4th circuit repudiate efforts to kill the Affordable Care Act. While the court ruled against plaintiffs on procedural grounds, two judges also wrote separate opinions saying that the law is constitutional. That means that thirteen judges have considered the merits of the Affordable Care Act and eight of them said they WOULD uphold the law on the merits. That includes judges from the 4th, 6th and 11th circuits. Today’s opinions add two more judges’ voices to the overwhelming majority of jurists who have upheld the law. Once again, we have no doubts that the Affordable Care Act will be upheld.