April 7th, 2010
08:57 PM ET

Five states join lawsuit against health care bill

Five more states - Indiana, North Dakota, Mississippi, Nevada and Arizona - on Wednesday joined 13 others in a lawsuit against the historic overhaul of the U.S. health care system signed into law last month by President Barack Obama, the Texas attorney general announced.

The lawsuit initially filed by Florida, South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Louisiana, Alabama, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Idaho, South Dakota and Washington argues that the legislation's requirement that individuals buy health insurance violates the Constitution.

It calls the health care bill an "unprecedented encroachment on the sovereignty of the states" and asks a judge to block its enforcement.

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  1. Robert Hogg

    I'm pretty sure that Abraham Lincoln and the Union's many political and military actions during the American civil war also constituted an "unprecedented encroachment on the sovereignty of the states."

    April 7, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. NamVet

    More taxpayers' money being wasted on frivolous lawsuits. So much for the Republican quest for "tort reform."

    April 7, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dugan

    The federal goverment collects income tax, which isn't legal, but it still stands. I don't doubt that the health care bill will also stand. And it should. It's way past time America caught up with the rest of the civilized world when it comes to universal health care. Enough of the Republican's and the party of 'No!'.

    April 7, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Prudence

    Good to know that the States are standing up for their rights and those of their ciitzens in the face of this power grab. The electorate has been ignored by their so-called representatives in Congress - now it is necessary to control the abuse of power from the grass roots up.

    April 7, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. juzMYopinion

    Sure, it's okay to spend billions on wars and foreign oil, but try and take care of your own people and all hell breaks loose!

    April 8, 2010 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. Eric McDaniel

    This is merely a Republican ploy to prolong the implementation of the law by sending it to court to hold up this profound legislation from beginning to help all americans alike. Convenient to do so in lieu of November elections before any return of benefits can be seen. I suspect and anticipate that to be a major argument. Timing and political games, how little has changed with the minority, while the majority try to serve the betterment of all. This was likely the result of Medicare and Social Security passage as well.

    April 8, 2010 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. tom94857

    Now is the time to vote all incumbents out of office both, Republicans and Democrats. The people we have elected betrayed the trust of the American people for supporting the Health Care Bill. The majority of our Country opposed the Health Care Bill and yet the people that work for us, the ones we voted into office ignored the will of the people. I say Congress and all the rest should be forced to have the same Health Care as the rest of America. Election day will be your judgment day. YOUR ALL FIRED!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2010 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dave

    The new law places an unconstitutional financial burden upon the states. This will cause the states to either have to increase their taxes or decrease other programs to pay for the new federally-mandated but unfunded beneftis and the related administration. If the feds want a new program, then they should have to figure out how to pay for it rather than passing the ugly part of the job to the states.

    April 8, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. John C.

    Nov. 2010- Fire all congressman who supported Obamacare!
    Nov. 2012, Get rid of the current White House occupant for spedning so much time on healthcare than job creation!

    April 8, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. carl beam

    I am all for protecting and reserving the rights of individuals and states to govern themselves.
    The real issue here is socialism eroding the free enterprise system, The dictators in washington seem to think its ok to take away the right of insurance companies to compete and make a profit. Insurance companies are free enterprise companies with real american citizens who deserve the right to make a fair profit. What next power companies controlled by socialists dictators? The outcome of such actions will lead to the free enterprise system failing due to forcing companies to insure really sick people hatt will bankrupt these free enterprise systems Wake up america your freedom is at stake here !! There is no such thing as a free handout it will cost you your freedom! God Bless America Carl Beam

    April 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Asox

    The federal government has failed to listen to what the people had to say. We said no over and over and they run right over us.

    Where is Obama when people are looking for jobs? Where is Obama when it comes to our "financial system?" When I saw that interview of him stating in the middle of it, "...I did not campaign to fix the financial system..." I couldn't believe my ears.... What the heck did we vote him in for then?? To play golf and Basketball every weekend????

    I don't know about some people, but when I graduate college I want to have a freakin' job thank you very much. The way things are going now, so many of us are going to be screwed...

    We are not going to stand by and allow these congress members to slap us in the face over and over.... we've had enough!!!!

    April 9, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mike L

    At least 2 states don't even require the purchase of auto insurance, now the federal government requires all buy health insurance. Stay out of our individual states rights Uncle Sam. Can't wait to see you voted out!

    April 10, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |