The 26 states which have filed the lawsuit against the Obama Administration’s health care law have asked the Supreme Court to take up the case now.
Nebraska is one of the states. Attorney General Jon Bruning says the administration surprised everyone by agreeing to seek an expedited ruling.
“And so that, I think, is kind of fascinating in terms of politics and strategy. There were many who believed that the Obama Administration would probably ask its Department of Justice to wait and delay this thing past the 2012 elections next fall,” according to Bruning. “They want a decision as well. So, everybody does and we’re going to get one.”
In the lawsuit, the states have asked the Supreme Court to strike down the entire law, not just the clause that requires nearly all United States residents to buy health insurance.
The Supreme Court begins its new term Monday. Its decision will most likely come by the end of its deliberations in June just in time for an already heated presidential campaign. Administration officials say there are confident the court will uphold the law as a valid exercise of federal power, similar to moves to create Social Security and the Civil Rights Act.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta ruled in a 2-to-1 decision that Congress exceeded its power by approved a provision that requires Americans to purchase health insurance. It upheld the rest of the law. Other federal courts, one in Cincinnati and one in Richmond, have upheld the law.