The health care law requires that almost every citizen have some kind of health insurance by 2014 or pay a fine.
Georgia and 25 other states say that the federal government has overstepped its constitutional bounds with the requirement. However, the Justice Department says that the federal government exercised its "quintessential" right.
The Justice Department sent its top lawyer, U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal, to plead its case.
Not to be outdone, the states will be represented by President George W. Bush's former solicitor general, Paul Clement — the same guy who recently quit King & Spalding in protest after the Atlanta-based law firm bowed to intense public pressure and backed out of defending the Defense of Marriage Act on behalf of the GOP House Caucus.
The three-judge panel is being asked to reverse a Florida judge's previous ruling.
Federal District Judge Roger Vinson dealt the health care law a judicial blow when he struck it down last January ruling that the law was unconstitutional and that the whole law needed to be voided.
Judge Vinson said the law was "outside Congress' Commerce Clause power and it cannot be otherwise authorized by an assertion of power under the Necessary and Proper Clause."
The Justice Department appealed Vinson's ruling.
Oral arguments for today's case were scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.
Mo gibs muh 'dat.
One step forward, two steps back.
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