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The joint lawsuit led by Florida and now grouping 20 states was filed on March 23 by mostly Republican attorneys general.
It claims the sweeping reform of the $2.5 trillion U.S. healthcare system, pushed through by Democrats in the U.S. Congress after months of bitter partisan wrangling, violates state government rights in the U.S. Constitution and will force massive new spending on hard-pressed state governments.
Karen Harned, who heads the NFIB's Washington-based small business legal center, told the news conference the healthcare reform law was both unconstitutional and bad for business.
"The federal government has really simply gone too far with this law," she said.
Any healthcare overhaul should have addressed the problem of "outrageously high healthcare insurance costs" in America, but that did not happen, Harned added.
"After all the political deals were made, small businesses were left with a law that does little to address costs and instead is filled with new mandates, taxes and paperwork requirements that increase the cost of doing business," she said.
Apart from Florida, states joining in the lawsuit include Alabama,
Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana,
Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South
Carolina, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington.
Another state, Virginia, has filed a separate suit, arguing that the new
law's requirements that most Americans buy health insurance clash
with a state law that exempts Virginians from federal fines to be
imposed for not having health insurance.
Originally posted by zzombie
Wondering what the states will do when the FED declares bankruptcy ?