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Bondi on Fox News: We need to get health care challenge before Supreme Court ASAP



Attorney General Pam Bondi continued celebrating her partial victory over President Barack Obama's health care reform in an interview on Fox News Channel's "America's Newsroom" early Monday.

On Friday, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the requirement that all Americans must carry health insurance or face penalties, though it reversed an earlier decision that the unconstitutionality of the individual mandate invalidates the entire law. Bondi is leading a lawsuit of 26 states that want to block the law.

Bondi hoped the lawsuit's "ultimate finale" -- a hearing by the Supreme Court -- would happen soon.

"We need to get to the Supreme Court as fast as possible," she said.

She told the Fox host that she did not think the Supreme Court would allow the law to stand without the health insurance requirement.

"We feel confident we'll prevail in the Supreme Court. Politics are out of this now," she said, citing the "bipartisan" three-judge panel that issued Friday's ruling.

One of the judges was appointed by President Bill Clinton.

[Last modified: Monday, August 15, 2011 10:17am]


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