March 23rd, 2010
02:17 PM ET

States sue to block health care bill

Officials from 14 states have gone to court to block the historic overhaul of the U.S. health care system that President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday, arguing that the legislation's requirement that individuals buy health insurance violates the Constitution.

Thirteen of those officials filed suit in a federal court in Pensacola, Florida, minutes after Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The complaint calls the act an "unprecedented encroachment on the sovereignty of the states" and asks a judge to block its enforcement.

"The Constitution nowhere authorizes the United States to mandate, either directly or under threat of penalty, that all citizens and legal residents have qualifying health care coverage," the lawsuit states.

The case was filed by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and joined by 11 other Republican attorneys general, along with one Democrat. McCollum said the new law also forces states "to do things that are practically impossible to do as a practical matter, and forcing us to do it without giving any resources or money to do it."

McCollum's lawsuit was joined by his counterparts in South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Louisiana, Alabama, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Idaho, South Dakota and Washington. Virginia's attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, filed a separate case in his state Tuesday afternoon.

All but one of those state officials, Louisiana's Buddy Caldwell, are Republicans. But McCollum said the case is "not a partisan issue," and predicted other Democrats would join the suit.

Read the full story at the CNN Political Ticker

-  CNN's Peter Hamby and Jim Acosta contributed to this report.

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  1. Barbara Zimmerman

    I am one of those people who lost their job along with health care and cannot get Madicaid. The Republicans were in office for 10 years and did nothing. If I can buy affordable health insurance in Maryland I would welcome the chance. The more I read and hear from the Republican party the more I believe that they are determined to sabatoge anything that President Obama tries to do for this country,. I am especially ashamed of Nick Romney and his dialog with Larry King on March 23rd. If the Republicans gain the party majority in the election of 2012 I will definately take my family and leave the country.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. todd

    We need this healthcare for all. We are all choking on the stuff Obama is shoving down our throats.

    March 31, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
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