Posted Jul 28, 2011 11:25 am CDT
The first cert petition seeking review of the Obama administration’s health care law has reached the U.S. Supreme Court.
The petition (PDF) asks the court to overturn a ruling upholding the law’s insurance mandate, report the New York Times and The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times. The decision last month by the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was the first and so far only appellate review of the law.
Review is necessary, the cert petition argues, “to establish a meaningful limitation on congressional power under the commerce clause.” Without such limits, the brief says, the government would feel free to order citizens to take vitamins or join health clubs.