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High court rejects new challenge to Obama health overhaul, ibuprofen appeal

10 months 3 weeks 1 day ago January 19, 2016 Jan 19, 2016 Tuesday, January 19 2016 January 19, 2016 9:33 AM in Health
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has rejected another challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

The justices on Tuesday left in place lower court rulings that dismissed a lawsuit against the national health care law. The suit argues that the law violates the provision of the Constitution that requires tax-raising bills to originate in the House of Representatives.

The court has twice turned back major challenges to the law, in opinions written by Chief Justice John Roberts in 2012 and in June. The court also has allowed family-owned businesses with religious objections to opt out of paying for contraceptives for women covered under their health plans. The Pacific Legal Foundation backed the latest lawsuit, filed on behalf of small-business owner Matt Sissel.

In a separate decision, the justices also rejected an appeal from the manufacturer of Children's Motrin over a $63 million judgment awarded to a family whose daughter developed a life-threatening disease after taking the medicine.

The decision leaves in place a lower court ruling that said Johnson & Johnson should pay the judgment awarded to the family of Samantha Reckis. Reckis was 7 in 2003 when she was given the ibuprofen product for a fever. She developed a rare skin disease and was blinded.

A jury ruled in 2013 that the company failed to provide sufficient warnings about potential side effects. The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts rejected the company's arguments that the family failed to prove the medicine caused the disease and damages were excessive.

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