posted on Mar, 23 2010 @ 11:50 AM
They say bill's requirement to buy health insurance is unconstitutional
The ink is still drying on the health care overhaul bill signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama, but attorneys general from 13 states have
filed a lawsuit to challenge the legislation.
The lawsuit was filed immediately after the president's signing ceremony Tuesday. It names the U.S. departments of Health and Human Services,
Treasury and Labor.
Attorneys general from Florida, South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Michigan, Utah, Pennsylvania, Alabama, South Dakota, Louisiana, Idaho, Washington and
Colorado are joining in. Other GOP attorneys general may join the lawsuit later or sue separately.
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is taking the lead in the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Pensacola.
The issue at the heart of the suit is the constitutionality of the so-called "individual mandate," which requires most Americans to have an
insurance plan or else pay a federal penalty.
The Constitution gives Congress the authority "to regulate commerce." In other words, once someone engages in commerce, the government has the power
to regulate that activity.
But opponents say that the "commerce clause" does not give the government power to require an individual to buy something — especially insurance
for the health of one's own body.
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Source: [url=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36001783/ns/politics-health_care_reform/]MSNBC Article
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