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Florida, NFIB seeks Supreme Court review of health-care lawsuit



Attorney General Pam Bondi asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to break the ongoing legal dispute over the federal health care law and decide whether Congress can force Americans to buy health insurance. (Press release and petition here.)

"We feel very confident that we will have a hearing in front the United States Supreme Court and it will be this term," Bondi said.

The Justice Department also announced it would file it's own petition, asking the court to uphold the individual mandate and the law.

"Throughout history, there have been similar challenges to other landmark legislation such as the Social Security Act, the Civil Rights Act, and the Voting Rights Act, and all of those challenges failed," according to the department's statement. "We believe the challenges to Affordable Care Act -- like the one in the 11th Circuit -- will also ultimately fail and that the Supreme Court will uphold the law."

Florida was joined by 25 other states and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB petition here) in asking justices to review whether Congress can force Americans to carry health insurance and, if not, whether the law should be struck down.

Judges in the U.S. Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta heard the state's initial complaint and ruled 2-to-1 in August that Congress exceeded its authority with the mandate, but unanimously reversed a lower court decision that invalidated the entire law.

In July, the U.S. Appeals Court for the 6th Circuit, based in Cincinnati, ruled 2 to 1 to uphold the mandate, the most contentious part of the law.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 3:56pm]


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