Ga. files high court health care appeal to strike down provision

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is asking the Supreme Court to strike down the entire health care overhaul.

Attorney General Sam Olens said Wednesday the state filed an appeal of a portion of the ruling by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down the provision that requires people to buy health insurance.

He said the court "now has the opportunity to restore Constitutional balance to a federal government of limited powers."

In a ruling in August, a divided three-judge panel of the appeals court concluded that Congress overstepped its authority when lawmakers passed the individual mandate provision, but left intact the rest of the law.

The Obama administration decided this week not to ask the full court to review the ruling, a move that could have delayed the high court review.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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