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Florida says challenge to healthcare reform widens

MIAMI, (Reuters) – Five more U.S. states are joining a Florida-led group of states in a lawsuit demanding President of the U.S. Healthcare system, Florida’s attorney general said on Wednesday. While some legal scholars think the suits will reach the Supreme Court, many agree that the supremacy clause of the Constitution, which puts the powers of the U.S. government above those of the states, will trump the states’ arguments. The joint lawsuit led by Florida and now grouping 18 states was filed on March 23 by mostly Republican attorney generals.

They welcome the partnership of Indiana, North Dakota, Mississippi, Nevada and Arizona as we continue fighting to protect the constitutional rights of American citizens and the sovereignty of our states, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said.
Another state, Virginia, has filed a separate suit, arguing the new law’s requirements that most Americans buy health insurance clash with a state law that exempts Virginians from federal fines to be imposed for not owning health insurance. The filings have touched off political debates in many states on whether the U.S. government should be sued.

The Justice Department, which is accountable for defending U.S. law in court, has said in response to the March 23 filing that it will vigorously fight any challenges to the new healthcare law, which it insists is constitutional. The White House has also said it believes the suits will fail.

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