Today, the health care lawsuit has moved one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. As many of you may recall, we had filed a motion for an expedited schedule and a motion for an en banc, or full court, hearing by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. While the motion for an en banc hearing was denied, today the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled oral argument on June 8. By scheduling oral argument so soon, this decision will allow the case to move forward quickly and hopefully will result in the case being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this fall.
We have already had one federal district judge rule that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and strike the Act down in its entirety. The sooner this case is determined by the U.S. Supreme Court, the better we can protect Americans’ individual liberties. This case is too important for delay.
I am encouraged by today’s decision to schedule an expedited oral argument, and I know that we, along with the 25 other states and the National Federation of Independent Business who have joined us, are eager to resolve this case for the sake of all Americans.