Attorney General Pam Bondi asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to decide whether the federal health care law was constitutional. (Press release and petition here.)
"We feel very confident that we will have a hearing in front the United States Supreme Court and it will be this term," Bondi said.
Florida was joined by 25 other states and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB petition here) in asking justices to review whether Congress can force Americans to carry health insurance and, if not, whether the law should be struck down.
In July, the U.S. Appeals Court for the 6th Circuit, based in Cincinnati, ruled 2 to 1 to uphold the individual mandate, the most contentious part of the health care law. But in August, judges in the Atlanta-based 11 Circuit issued another 2-to-1 ruling that Congress exceeded its authority with the mandate, but unanimously reversed a lower court decision that invalidated the entire law.