Just two days after the Obama contingent of attorneys indicated they would not request a rehearing before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled the individual mandate to purchase insurance is unconstitutional, a business federation has arrived at the Supreme Court with a request for review.

The National Federal of Business, the only private party participating in a lawsuit out of Florida that also included representatives from 26 states, today filed a request for the case to be heard immediately in the Supreme Court.

“The 11th Circuit ruling confirmed NFIB’s view that the individual mandate in the health-care law is unconstitutional. It is now imperative that the Supreme Court rule on whether the entire law can stand without the mandate,” said Karen Harned, executive director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center.

“The sooner the court takes up this case, the sooner small businesses and individuals will know whether they will have to bear the full weight, financially and economically, of this bad law.

“While the survival of the new health-care law remains an open question, small businesses and individuals will continue to face uncertainty and trepidation, hesitant to hire or expand,” Harned said. “In filing our petition today, we are attempting to impress upon the court the urgency of this issue.”


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