PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) â€” Attorneys for 20Â statesÂ fighting the new federalÂ healthÂ care law told a judge Thursday it will expand the government’s powers in dangerous and unintended ways.
TheÂ statesÂ want U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson to issue a summary judgment throwing out theÂ healthÂ care law without a full trial. They argue it violates people’s rights by forcing them to buyÂ healthÂ insurance by 2014 or face penalties.
The Obama administration counters that Americans should not have a choice of opting out of the overhaul because everyone requires medical care.
In a separate case, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson earlier this week became the first federal judge to strike down a key portion of the law when he sided with Virginia and ruled the insurance requirement unconstitutional. Two other federal judges have upheld the insurance requirement.
InÂ Florida, Judge Vinson questioned how the government could halt the massive changes to the nation’sÂ healthÂ care system that already have begun. Mr. Rivkin told him the constitutional violations are more important.
Attorneys for the federal government want Judge Vinson to issue a summary judgment on their behalf, arguing theÂ statesÂ don’t have standing to challenge the law.
The lawsuits almost certainly will be decided eventually by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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