The Obama administration on Friday defended the health care reform law in a Supreme Court filing, arguing the court would have to ignore precedent if it were to strike down the health care reform law.
The brief called on the court to uphold the individual mandate portion of the law, which requires individuals to obtain insurance or face a penalty. The administration said the law responds to the “crisis in the national health care market.”
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments
in March and is expected to rule on the law this summer.
One federal appeals court struck down the individual mandate
, ruling it exceeds the constitutional powers of Congress. Two other federal appeals courts have upheld the law
Friday’s brief argued the individual mandate is within Congress’s power to tax and uses the Constitution’s Commerce Clause to defend the provision.
The National Federation of Independent Business
and 26 states filed separate briefs telling the justices to strike down the individual mandate, and arguing they should invalidate the health care reform law in its entirety. More than 100 Republican congressmen also signed a brief
filed by the American Center for Law and Justice Friday arguing against the law.