Health Overhaul Battle in Pivotal Appellate Court

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Litigants in the ongoing battle over President Obama's health care law headed back to court on Wednesday.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta will hear arguments on whether to reverse a Florida judge's ruling that struck down the controversial legislation.

The Sunshine State is leading the charge in the 26-state lawsuit challenging portions of the law believed to be unconstitutional.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses and two individuals are also being represented in the suit.

"The act imposes a direct mandate upon individuals to obtain health insurance, marking by all accounts the first time in our nation's history that Congress has required individuals to enter into commerce as a condition of living in the United States," former Bush administration Solicitor General Paul Clement, who is representing the states, wrote.

"Congress could mandate the 'economic decision' to purchase all manner of healthy products, from broccoli to gym-memberships," lawyer Gregory Katsas warned the court in his brief for the NFIB.

Regardless of what the three-judge panel decides, legal analysts expect the case to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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