A federal court wants to kill a suit challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act tax provisions — and a lower-court ruling holding that those provisions started out in the U.S. House of Representatives.

A three-judge panel at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had a chance to weigh in on the origins of the PPACA tax provisions in a ruling on Hotze et al. vs. Burwell et al. (Case Number 14-20039). Instead, the panel ruled that the court that first heard the case should dismiss the case due to lack of a good reason to consider the case, rather than due to any weaknesses in the plaintiffs' arguments.

E. Grady Jolly, the circuit judge who wrote the opinion explaining ruling, says the court looked at the case from scratch.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.