President Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. March, 2010.
President Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. March, 2010.

One of the most contested aspects of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is the “individual mandate,” the requirement that nearly all Americans have health insurance.

Today, the Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of mandated insurance. The decision was written by Laurence Silberman, a Reagan appointee.

Today’s decision may mean little as the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to take up the issue, but Silberman is the second conservative judge to back the legality of the individual mandate.

Kaiser Health News summarizes coverage from across the country.

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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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