Obama administration appeals healthcare ruling

By REUTERS
March 9, 2011 03:35

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Tuesday appealed a U. judge's ruling in Florida that struck down its landmark healthcare overhaul law as unconstitutional because it required Americans to buy healthcare insurance or face a penalty.

US President Barack Obama's Justice Department filed its notice of appeal and the case will go to the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta. The fight over the law is expected to reach the Supreme Court.

Healthcare reform is the signature of Obama's domestic policy and the administration has said it would continue to implement the law because halting it would cause irreparable harm.

The administration will likely seek an expedited hearing on the case but Charles Shanor, a law professor at Emory University in Atlanta, said it would still be with the 11th Circuit for months before a ruling was issued.

"I just don't see the court writing an overnight opinion in a matter that's of such concern to the public," Shanor said, adding that the 11th Circuit was viewed as "moderate" when compared to other appellate courts.


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