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Michigan Challenge To Health Law Begins

The Detroit News: On Wednesday, "[a] federal judge heard arguments [in the] lawsuit that is being watched nationwide for its challenge of congressional authority to reform health care in a way that would penalize citizens who fail to obtain their own health insurance." The attorney for one plaintiff, The Thomas More Law Center, a group espousing religious principles, said, "There is no precedent for this power grab" (Guthrie, 7/22).

Detroit Free Press: The group is "seeking a preliminary injunction to stop the government to force them to purchase health care. Judge George Caram Steeh will hear the case based on a Commerce Clause claim" (Angel, 7/20).

The Michigan Messenger: According to the plaintiff's attorney, Robert Muise, "'Congress has authority to do any number of things to improve health care. … But the Constitution limits Congress to what it can impose on individuals. We are here because the Congress violated the U.S. Constitution by forcing individuals to engage in a commercial activity'" (Brayton, 7/22).

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