BBC News - White House asks Supreme Court to rule on healthcare law
The White House has asked the Supreme Court to uphold its healthcare law, inviting a possible high-stakes legal showdown just before the 2012 election. The administration's move came after a challenge to the reform from 26 states and small businesses.
The justice department asked the Supreme Court to declare the law's key provision, requiring everyone to buy health insurance, constitutional.
The legislation extended health coverage to an extra 32 million people.