Supreme Court Asked to Rule on Health Care Law
The Obama administration asked the Supreme Court to rule on the case regarding the 2010 health care overhaul law. With this latest development, it wouldn’t be long until the court would hear the challenges to the law, arguments in spring and come up with a decision by June of 2012. It would just be in time for the 2012 presidential campaign.
The Justice Department said that the Supreme Court justices should start hearing its appeal of a decision made by a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta that ruled against the law with a vote of 2 to 1. It said that only the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled it unconstitutional and it would be appropriate for the Supreme Court to review it.
The administration didn’t say why it didn’t take the routine litigation steps that could have slowed down the progress of the challenges to the health care law that could avoid a decision from the current Supreme Court term. It said that the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals decision created a matter that’s important to national interest.
A decision that would deem President Obama’s signature bill unconstitutional months before the election would hurt his chances for reelection. A decision to uphold the law can help and hurt the president as well. It could make voters to boost their efforts to elect candidates that are committed to repeal the health care law.