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Florida's health care reform lawsuit heats up June 8

Florida's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of federal health care reform legislation is one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Oral arguments for the U.S. Department of Justice's appeal of a Florida judge's ruling that the law is unconstitutional are set for June 8 before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Florida filed the suit shortly after President Barack Obama signed the legislation into law. Twenty-five states and the National Federation of Independent Business joined the suit.

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled in January that the individual mandate requiring people to buy insurance or pay a tax penalty is unconstitutional, and used that as a basis for striking down the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi predicted in a news release Thursday the case would make it to the Supreme Court by the fall.

"We are pleased that the 11th Circuit scheduled oral argument this June, so we can resolve this case and protect Americans' individual liberties," Bondi said. "This case will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, and a case of such national importance should have no delay."

Florida's health care reform lawsuit heats up June 8 03/31/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 31, 2011 10:40pm]
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