By Julian Pecquet - 05/10/11 01:26 PM EDT
The liberal Health Care for America Now (HCAN) breaks down the state of play ahead of Tuesday's appeal of the healthcare reform law in a new column this morning at the Huffington Post.
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond is the first to hear arguments at the appeals level, and observers will be watching the three-judge panel closely for any signs of how they're inclined to rule.
"The encouraging news for those of us who support the law … is that the results so far are good: Of the 31 lawsuits challenging the ACA in federal courts, only two judges have ruled against part or all of the law," writes HCAN Executive Director Ethan Rome. "Most of the other cases have been dismissed or are still wending their way through the lower courts. Of the five judges who have ruled on the merits, three have upheld the law."