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Judge Jeffrey Sutton is the first Republican appointee to find health reform's individual mandate is constitutional.
Judge Jeffrey Sutton is the first Republican appointee to find health reform's individual mandate is constitutional.

Just kidding! NBC News correspondent Pete Williams reports:

Today’s ruling by a federal appeals court in Ohio, upholding the Obama health care law, marks the first time a Republican-appointed judge has found the most controversial part of the law constitutional.
Today’s ruling by a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals was 2-1 on the “individual mandate” – the requirement that all Americans get health insurance. One of the judges voting to uphold it was Jeffrey Sutton, an appointee of George W. Bush and a former law clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia.
This brings to four the number of court decisions upholding the law. Two other courts have declared it unconstitutional, on its long march to the Supreme Court.

The opinion’s here (pdf). Recent guest Ian Millhiser has more at Think Progress.

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