The lawsuit against President Obama's healthcare law could be headed for the U.S. Supreme Court after the administration decided not to ask a federal appeals court to review its recent ruling.
Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler disclosed the administration's decision. She declined to elaborate Monday on any next moves.
A divided three-judge panel comprising the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with 26 states that have opposed the law. The court ruled the government can't force Americans to buy insurance.
The Obama administration has until November to file at the Supreme Court, according to Politico.com.
However, they may file for an extension to keep the highly controversial case from gaining even more attention during an election year.
The high court is expected to have the final say on the law. It typically takes a couple of months or more from the time an appeal is filed at the court until the justices decide whether to hear it.
Some legal experts predict the court could hear the case in late June just before the forthcoming term ends, if all the criteria were met.