The Obama administration Tuesday appealed a U.S. judge’s ruling in Florida that struck down the landmark healthcare overhaul law as unconstitutional because it required Americans to buy healthcare insurance or face a penalty.
President Barack Obama’s Justice Department filed its notice of appeal and the case will go to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta. The fight over the law is expected to reach the Supreme Court.
U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson in January backed arguments by 26 states that the sweeping law’s requirement that Americans buy health insurance starting in 2014 or pay a penalty was unconstitutional.
This should make it to the Supreme Court just in time for the 2012 elections.