The Obama administration won a victory Thursday in the winding legal debate surrounding the president's signature health care law, as a federal judge in Mississippi threw out a suit challenging the constitutionality of the bill.
The judge, Keith Starret, who serves on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, ruled that plaintiffs suing over the coming implementation of the individual mandate did not demonstrate sufficient standing for him to take the case. He "granted in part" the administrations motion to dismiss the case, but gave the plaintiffs 30 days to amend their complaint.
President Obama and his administration now have a little taste of victory after a federal judge in Mississippi dismissed a suit challenging the Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality.
Judge Keith Starret, who sits on the bench of a U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Mississippi, shot down a suit over the bill’s individual mandate provision saying, “the Court finds that the allegations of Plaintiffs’ First Amended Petition, as stated therein, are insufficient to show that they have standing to challenge the minimum essential coverage provision of the PPACA [Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act]. Therefore, the Court dismisses Plaintiffs’ First Amended Petition without prejudice.”