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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Total Legal Challenges To HCR Law: Twenty-Five (Wow)

 
Pretty stunning numbers.

You can go here (Wash Post, Jan 31) for a detailed list of who, what, where, and when for each of the cases.  A good chart.  In typical fashion, the media includes which US President appointed the judge in the case.

Of the twenty five (25) suits currently underway that question the constitutionality of the health care reform law, only 8 or 9 have had some kind of preliminary ruling so far.  Note that some suits are large groups--like the 26-state suit--others are small, involving a special interest group (Secure Arkansas?).

Most of the judges that dismiss their case have done so on the basis that the plaintiffs do not have "standing" to sue.  To a non-lawyer like me this means that the people who sued can't establish that they have a legitimate injury to claim...or they don't yet.  My guess is that these probably won't go further.

Two (I think) of the dismissals were rulings on the actual constitutionality.

There are two that ruled for the plaintiffs that the law is unconstitutional.

We can expect the ones in these last two groups to be appealed.

[Caveat:  the situation is fluid.  I think I've got the numbers right.]


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