In January 2012, 27 senators sent the Supreme Court a 48-page legal brief.
The Supreme Court would soon hear a landmark case on the legality of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate. These senators wanted to warn the justices of grave consequences of repealing the requirement to carry health coverage.
“The individual mandate,” they wrote, “is at the heart of the PPACA. The remainder of the statute necessarily depends on its inclusion because without the mandate, the statute's reforms cannot work as intended.”