The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta has scheduled oral arguments for June 8 in the Obama administration's appeal of a January decision declaring the entire healthcare reform law unconstitutional.
Date set for appeal of reform law decision
The date comes in response to the U.S. Justice Department's request for expedited review, which U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson in Pensacola, Fla., demanded as a condition of issuing a stay of his sweeping opinion while the case makes its way through the appeals process, likely ending at the U.S. Supreme Court. Officials representing 26 states have joined the lawsuit as plaintiffs.
The circuit court denied a request by the plaintiffs that the ruling be further expedited and reviewed by the full circuit court rather than a three-judge panel.
Vinson ruled that the law's individual mandate exceeds the authority of Congress to regulate commerce, and that the provision is so central to the law that the entire statute is void. He is one of two federal judges to rule that the mandate is unconstitutional. Three others have upheld the law. All of the cases are being appealed in the circuit courts.
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