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10 states will sue over health care bill passagePosted On Mon, March 22, 2010
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, a Republican, will file a lawsuit on behalf of 10 states against the U.S. government over passage of the health care reform bill. The lawsuit will challenge if the passage of the bill is constitutional.
"The health care reform legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last night clearly violates the U.S. Constitution and infringes on each state's soveriegnty," McCollum said during a news conference. McCollum views mandatory health insurance as a penalty on living, according to CNN.
The 10 states joining Florida in this proposed lawsuit are Alabama, Texas, South Carolina, Utah, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Washington, North Dakota and South Dakota.
The lawsuit will be filed once President Barack Obama signs the health care reform bill into law. McCollum expects the lawsuit to end up in the Supreme Court's hands.
Massachusetts is the only state in the nation to currently require mandatory health insurance for its residents - 97 percent of whom are now insured under the state's health care law.
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