WASHINGTON - The Obama administration defended the health-care overhaul in a filing Friday with the Supreme Court that calls the law an appropriate response to a "crisis" in the health-care market.
The administration filed a written submission in the court's biggest case this term, with the potential to affect President Obama's reelection bid.
The government called on the court to uphold the core requirement that individuals buy insurance or pay a penalty. One federal appeals court struck down the so-called individual mandate as exceeding Congress' power under the Constitution. But two other federal appeals courts upheld the law and agreed with the administration's argument that Congress was well within its power to adopt that requirement.