Florida's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care reform legislation is one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. Oral arguments for the U.S. Department of Justice's appeal of a Florida judge's ruling that the law is unconstitutional are set for June 8 before the 11th District Court of Appeals.
Florida filed the suit shortly after President Obama signed the legislation into law. Twenty-five states and the National Federation of Independent Business joined the suit.
U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled in January that the individual mandate requiring people to buy insurance or pay a tax penalty is unconstitutional, and used that as a basis for striking down the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The case is likely to be appealed to the country's highest court.
In a news release, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi predicted the case would make it to the Supreme Courrt by the fall.
"We are pleased that the 11th Circuit scheduled oral argument this June, so we can resolve this case and protect Americans’ individual liberties," Bondi said in a prepared statement. "This case will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, and a case of such national importance should have no delay."