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Last updated on Thursday, June 30, 2011
(UNDATED) - A Federal Appeals Court in Cincinnati ruled in favor of a key provision of Obama-Care.
However, the ruling has no immediate bearing on Indiana which is part of a separate case.
At issue is the individual mandate requiring nearly all Americans to buy health insurance come 2014 or face financial penalties.
The mandate is seeing heavy challenges from groups and states nationwide, including Indiana.
Wednesday's ruling in Cincinnati by a three-judge panel says the provision of the patient protection and affordable care act is indeed a valid exercise of legislative power by Congress however, Indiana Attorney General Spokesman Bryan Corbin says the ruling is one of at least three, two of which are still being heard by other federal appeals courts.
Indiana is part of a 26-state challenge, along with Florida, Georgia and others, pending in Atlanta. Decisions in the pending cases are expected in the coming months.
The issue is expected to reach the U.S. Supreme Court by year's end.
Challenges are also pending in lower courts.
The PPACA was passed by the Democratic congress last year, and championed by President Barack Obama.
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