|March 31, 2011
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TALLAHASSEE—Today, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled the health care lawsuit oral argument for June 8, moving the case one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. This expedited schedule paves the way for the challenge of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court by fall. While the motion for en banc, or full court, hearing was denied, scheduling the oral argument so quickly will ensure that the case continues to move forward expeditiously.
“We are pleased that the 11th Circuit scheduled oral argument this June, so we can resolve this case and protect Americans’ individual liberties,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “This case will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, and a case of such national importance should have no delay.”
To date, a federal district judge has ruled that PPACA’s individual insurance mandate is unconstitutional and struck down the Act in its entirety. The challenge includes 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business.