WASHINGTON – A conservative law firm asked the Supreme Court Wednesday to strike down the health care overhaul, challenging the first federal appeals court ruling that upheld President Obama’s initiative.

The appeal filed by the Thomas More Law Center of Ann Arbor, Mich., said Congress overstepped its authority in requiring Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a fine.

The center said that if the Supreme Court ratifies the law, “the federal government will have absolute and unfettered power to create complex regulatory schemes to fix every perceived problem imaginable… .”

Last month, a divided three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati rejected the center’s argument in upholding the centerpiece of the law, the insurance requirement.