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Health care lawsuit may go forward

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Sep. 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
September 14, 2010 12:24 pm

A federal judge in Florida said today he is leaning toward allowing at least part of a lawsuit against Congress’s health care overhaul to go forward.

Other parts of the lawsuit may be dismissed before arguments begin Dec. 16. The Pensacola News Journal has the details on the two-and-a-half hour hearing.

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, a Republican, has joined the lawsuit by attorneys general in 20 states and said today in a conference call he expects the lawsuit to move forward.

The attorneys general allege the law unconstitutionally forces individuals to buy health insurance and sets new burdens on states in the form of higher Medicaid costs.

“There are other ways to bring Americans into coverage that are constitutional,” McKenna said. It’s possible a single-payer system may be one of those constitutional methods, he said, especially if it’s similar in form to Medicare and Medicaid.

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