The U.S. Justice Department said in a filing this week that expedited treatment of the case was warranted because of the far-reaching nature of the decision by a federal judge who declared the entire Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson in Pensacola, Fla., ruled against the Obama administration's healthcare overhaul on grounds that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring nearly all Americans to carry health insurance.
Twenty-six states challenged the ACA in the Florida case. Another federal judge ruled against the law, while three other federal judges upheld the law.
A spokesman for South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson said he was "pleased with today's 11th Circuit Court of Appeal's order fast tracking the appeal of the healthcare act. South Carolina and the nation need this important legal challenge answered sooner rather than later."