States Challenging Federal Healthcare Overhaul

09.14.10 | FL News Team

(Pensacola, FL)  --  A massive lawsuit challenging President Obama's healthcare overhaul is slated to start today in a Pensacola, Florida courtroom.  Twenty states are challenging the healthcare reform law passed by Congress earlier this year.  They say the federal government is overstepping its constitutional authority with a provision that requires all Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014 or face a fine.  The National Federation of Independent Business has also joined the states' lawsuit, claiming the so-called individual mandate would push higher healthcare costs onto small businesses.  The Justice Department is calling on a federal judge in Pensacola to dismiss the case.

The challenge to the federal healthcare reform law is being led by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum.  The other states included in the lawsuit are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington.