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Six more states join Florida's health care lawsuit

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Six more states joined Florida's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care legislation on Tuesday, bringing the total number of states suing over the statute to 26. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a motion in federal court in Pensacola adding Iowa, Ohio, Kansas, Wyoming, Wisconsin and Maine to the list of plaintiffs.

"It sends a strong message that more than half of the states consider the health care law unconstitutional and are willing to fight it in court," Bondi said in a prepared statement. "I look forward to continuing to defend Florida's families and businesses against this unconstitutional law and upholding the Constitution."

Carol S.W eissert, a political science professor at Florida State University and editor of a scholarly journal on federalism and intergovernmental relations, called the lawsuit one of the most significant instances of states fighting the federal government since Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, the landmark case that deemed it unconstitutional for states to segregate schools.

"Certainly in the last few decades, this case is the most important one in terms of federalism," he said. "It has such strong state support and we’ve been trying to deal with national health insurance for half a century. And then it really has some potential in terms of the federal/state balance."

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 4:00pm]

    

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