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POLITICO: Michigan judge upholds health care law - Ben Smith - Michigan judge upholds health care law

POLITICO: Michigan judge upholds health care law - Ben Smith - Michigan judge upholds health care law

A federal judge in Michigan just now upheld this year's health care legislation in the first significant challenge to its constitutionality.

Ruling against a lawsuit brought by the conservative Thomas More Law Center, Judge George Steeh, a Clinton appointee to the Eastern District of Michigan, found that the Commerce Clause applies to health care, and that penalties imposed on people who don't buy insurance aren't an unconstitutional "direct tax."

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