Thirteen State Attorney Generals filed a federal lawsuit today alleging that the federal health care and insurance bill passed by Congress over the weekend, and signed into law by President Barack Obama this afternoon, is unconstitutional.
The heart of the multi-state lawsuit contends that the new federal health care law far exceeds federal legal authority under Article I and the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
The states also contend that the health care reform law imposes an illegal tax penalty against a state's citizens and legal residents who do not have qualifying health care coverage, a provision that they maintain constitutes an unlawful direct tax that violates Article I, sections 2 and 9 of the U.S. Constitution.
You can read the State Attorney Generals' lawsuit challenging the new national health insurance law here:
The lawsuit was filed by the Attorney General for the State of Florida.
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