Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi pleased U.S. Supreme Court will hear health care lawsuit

5:11 PM, Nov 14, 2011   |    comments
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
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Tallahassee, Florida - The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear the legal challenge led by Florida against the national health care law.

A total of 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business have teamed up to oppose the law, arguing that its individual mandate is unconstitutional. That mandate requires people to buy health insurance or face a financial penalty.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who is leading the legal case against the health care law, says she's pleased by the Supreme Court's decision to hear the case.

Jenn Meale, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, says the main issues to be decided include whether Congress can force states to expand their Medicaid programs and force people to buy health insurance.

"The individual mandate is the lynchpin in all of this. We believe that the individual mandate is unconstitutional and infringes on individuals' liberty. An issue that the Supreme Court will review will be severability and that means if the individual mandate is struck down, could any part of the rest of this law stand."

Bondi has argued the entire health care law should be struck down if just one part of it is ruled unconstitutional. A ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this year said the individual mandate was unconstitutional but the court upheld other elements of the law.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear the case next March and deliver a ruling as early as June of 2012.

Dave Heller

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