In a move that is likely to set up a blockbuster election-year decision, the Obama administration has formally asked the Supreme Court to review its controversial health care law, reports thesunnews.com.
Hot on the heels of an appellate court defeat, the Justice Department late Wednesday afternoon filed the 34-page petition urging the court to uphold the law's ambitious mandate that individuals be covered by insurance.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta last month struck down the so-called individual mandate.
The department has consistently and successfully defended this law in several court of appeals, and only the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled it unconstitutional," the Justice Department said in a written statement. "We believe the question is appropriate for review by the Supreme Court."
Opponents of the health care law want the court to act, too.
Earlier Wednesday, the National Federation of Independent Business filed a competing petition urging the Supreme Court to take up the case so it could strike down the law. Separately, 26 states including Florida, Texas and South Carolina filed their own petition Wednesday challenging the law's constitutionality.