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Health Care Lawsuit Filed

March 23rd, 2010 by Mike Vasilinda

At 12:02 this afternoon, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum filed suit in Federal Court alleging the Health Care Reform Act is unconstitutional. The suit argues Congress exceeded its authority when it mandated Floridians must buy insurance or pay a penalty and because it requires the state to spend more than a billion on new programs. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, only one of the other 12 Attorneys General who joined the suit is a Democrat.

As Attorney General Bill McCollum ticked off the names of the 12 other Attorneys General who joined the suit to stop health care reform. He called it a bipartisan effort. But only one of the 13, from Louisiana, is a Democrat. And every one of the two dozen or so lawmakers surrounding McCollum was a Republican.

The people that we represent, that I represent in this state, deserve to have a determination on the constitutionality of this, ” McCollum said. “This is not lawful. It may have passed Congress, but there are three branches of government.

The Attorney General will likely be out of office by the time the suit is settled. Neither Democrat running for the job will likely keep the suit going.

Both of the Democrats running to be the next Attorney General have called the lawsuit politically motivated and grandstanding.

Alex Sink, the likely Democratic nominee for Governor, has been mostly silent on the issue until now.

We have four million people in Florida, one in four Floridians, with no health insurance,” Sink said. “So what we need to do is be about solving the problems that are in the best interests of Floridians

And while the Attorney General contends there is nothing political in the lawsuit, the former Republican congressman is hoping Democrats do lose their majority in November.

And give us a majority that would repeal this bill? Of course I would prefer to do that. It would save us a little bit of time,” McCollum said.

And the only certainty is that even the legislation is now law, the debate isnt over.

McCollum has hired a Washington lawyer from a firm where used to work to help with the suit.

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