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White House Asks Supreme Court to Uphold Health Reform Law

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The Obama administration on Wednesday asked Supreme Court to back the individual mandate in President Obama’s health care reform bill, according to a Reuters report.

That same day, some 26 states urged the court to nix the entire law.

The 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business suggest the law be invalidated because they believe Congress is exceeding its power in requiring Americans to buy health insurance or face penalty.

In response, the Obama administration filed an appeal suggesting the mandate to be constitutional and that the issue was appropriate for Supreme Court review.

“Throughout history, there have been similar challenges to other landmark legislation such as the Social Security Act, the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, and all of those challenges failed,” the Justice Department said in a statement. “We believe the challenges to Affordable Care Act … will also ultimately fail and that the Supreme Court will uphold the law.”

The case is expected to take place in the Supreme Court’s upcoming term, which begins next week and goes through June 2012. The ruling is likely to come during the 2012 election season.

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