Supreme Court Is Asked to Rule on Health Care
Supreme Court Is Asked to Rule on Health Care, The fate of Barack Obama’s landmark health insurance reform law could be decided by the Supreme Court by next June after the administration said it was seeking an immediate review of the act’s constitutionality before the high court.
The timing of the request means that the Supreme Court is likely to accept the case, hear oral arguments and rule on whether a key provision of the 2010 law is legal in the middle of Mr Obama’s presidential re-election bid.
“We hope the Supreme Court takes up the case and we are confident we will win,” said Stephanie Cutter, a senior White House adviser. The administration equated the looming legal fight with efforts to dismantle other major pieces of legislation in American history, including laws to create the Social Security pension scheme, and civil rights legislation.
A senior official at the Department of Justice said it was seeking a high court review to bring finality and certainty to government agencies and private companies tasked with implementing the sweeping reform law.
The decision to seek a decision from the court now virtually ensures that the Obama administration – and not a potential Republican successor after the 2012 election – will be leading the fight to defend the Affordable Care Act.