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US appeals court upholds Obama health care law

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By DAN SEWELL
Associated Press

CINCINNATI, OH (AP) -- A federal appeals court in Cincinnati has upheld President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

The ruling is the first by a federal appeals court on the overhaul. The three-judge 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals panel delivered a long opinion Wednesday with disagreement on some issues.

But it affirmed a Michigan federal judge's earlier ruling that Congress can require Americans to have minimum insurance coverage.

A conservative law center had challenged the provision. It said that it was unconstitutional and that Congress was overstepping its powers.

More than 30 legal challenges have been filed. The case is expected to eventually reach the US Supreme Court.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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