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Plaintiff challenging healthcare law went bankrupt—with unpaid medical bills

Los Angeles Times, March 9, 2012

Mary Brown, a 56-year-old Florida woman who owned a small auto repair shop but had no health insurance, became the lead plaintiff challengingPresident Obama's healthcare law because she was passionate about the issue. But court records reveal that Brown and her husband filed for bankruptcy last fall with $4,500 in unpaid medical bills. Those bills could change Brown from a symbol of proud independence into an example of exactly the problem the healthcare law was intended to address.