WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has been a fierce opponent of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, is taking a more nuanced approach in urging the Supreme Court to take up review of the law.
The chamber said in a legal brief filed Tuesday that it takes no position on the constitutionality of the contested provision at the heart of the law, the requirement that individuals purchase health insurance or pay a penalty starting in 2014.
But the chamber said the court should not do what the federal appeals court in Atlanta did, which was to strike down that requirement and leave the rest of the law standing. The business group said health insurers and insurance buyers would face “dire consequences” if the mandate is invalidated by itself.
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