In the latest volley in individual insurance mandate lawsuits, a Fourth Circuit court dismissed two challenges to the reform without passing judgment on the measure itself.
In a lawsuit filed by Virginia state attorney general Kenneth Cuccinelli, the three-judge panel ruled that that state had no legal standing to defend the lawsuit, and in a second case brought by Liberty University the judges filed a split decision that the lawsuit lacked proper subject-matter jurisdiction.
The decisions follow a split set of rulings last month in favor of and against the individual insurance mandate in the 9th and 11th Circuit courts.
Just prior to that another 11th Circuit court ruled that the individual insurance mandate is unconstitutional, and that Congress overstepped its bounds by forcing individuals to buy health insurance or face a penalty.
Challengers to the law took their complaints to the Supreme Court for the first time in July, lead by the Thomas More Law Center, a Michigan-based firm generally focused on promoting religious freedom for Christians.