Florida says several states to file healthcare lawsuit

MIAMI, March 22 Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:01am EDT

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MIAMI, March 22 (Reuters) - Florida's attorney general will file a lawsuit with nine other state attorneys general opposing the healthcare legislation passed by Congress, a spokeswoman said on Monday.

"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 sovereignty," Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, a Republican, said in a prepared statement announcing a news conference.

"On behalf of the State of Florida and of the Attorneys General from South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Pennsylvania, Washington, North Dakota, South Dakota and Alabama if the President signs this bill into law, we will file a lawsuit to protect the rights and the interests of American citizens." (Reporting by Michael Connor, Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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Mar 22, 2010 11:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Why didn’t McCollum join with Virginia too?

Mar 22, 2010 11:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
funksoul6 wrote:
Finally. It has been long, long overdue for the States to rise up and challenge the power of this behemoth federal government. The States created the federal government and it is they who should ultimately have the say-so as to how far the power reach of Washington should extend. The people of this country better wake up and understand that all of these increased benefits come with a very large price tag attached….our very freedom. And if you think it’s just the freedom of the “dirty rich fat cat” think again….you will be next.

Mar 22, 2010 11:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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