Opponents of the national health care law got some bad news today, as the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of the individual mandate.
There was some optimism coming out of oral arguments, which seemed to go well for opponents of the law, especially given that the panel was comprised of two Republican-appointed judges and a Democratic-appointed judge. The ruling is a break from the patter of Democratic-appointed judges ruling in favor of the law and Republican-appointed judges striking it down.
The Sixth Circuit is the first federal appeals court to rule on the law, and it was considering a case brought by the Thomas More Law Center. Opponents of the law now turn their eyes to the 11th Circuit, which has already heard arguments from 26 states led by Florida. Though ultimately, the case is likely to be decided by U.S. Supreme Court.
More to come on the actual substance of today's decision once I've had more time to review it.