A federal judge in Detroit upheld key provisions of President Barack Obama’s landmark health care reform law on Thursday.
In a 20-page decision, U.S. District Judge George Steeh refused to issue an injunction to halt preparations for putting federal health care reforms into full effect in 2014. Steeh also dismissed the major points of the suit — requiring Americans to buy health insurance and penalizing those who don’t.
Steeh is the first judge nationwide to rule on a suit claiming Congress exceeded its authority by imposing the requirements. Congress passed the Affordable Care Act in March.
The Thomas More Law Center, an Ann Arbor-based Christian legal group that sued along with four plaintiffs, said it plans to appeal the decision.