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NFIB Asks High Court To Strike Down All Of The Health Law

The National Federation of Independent Business, a small-business advocacy organization, will file an appeal today. In it, the group will ask the Supreme Court to move beyond the law's individual mandate and strike down the entire measure.

The Associated Press: Small-Business Group Asks Supreme Court To Strike Down Entire Health Care Overhaul
A small-business group opposed to the health care overhaul is asking the Supreme Court to strike down the entire law, not just the core requirement to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. The National Federation of Independent Business is filing an appeal Wednesday of a portion of the ruling by the federal appeals court in Atlanta that struck down the individual insurance requirement (Sherman, 9/28).

Also in the headlines, retired Justice John Paul Stevens offers his take on how the Supreme Court might ultimately rule -

Bloomberg: Obama's Health-Care Law Has Legal Support, Retired Justice Stevens Says
Retired Justice John Paul Stevens said a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court ruling involving medical marijuana provides legal support for President Barack Obama’s health care law. Stevens, now 91 and more than a year into retirement, said in an interview in Washington this week that he is skeptical about contentions that Congress lacked authority to pass the health-care measure, which requires Americans to either buy insurance or pay a penalty. Stevens wrote the court's opinion in the 2005 case, a 6-3 ruling that let the federal government ban marijuana even when the drug doesn't cross state lines and is used only for medicinal purposes (Stohr, 9/28).

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