Several states and a small business lobby group have mounted a legal challenge to the Federal government in Florida, demanding that the court hear their case against healthcare overhaul.
The National Federation of Independent Business and states, including Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah, are responding to the Justice Department’s June motion to dismiss their lawsuit on the grounds that the district court in Florida has no jurisdiction on the matter, according to The Associated Press (AP).
The lawsuit claims that the individual mandate to buy health insurance would impose significant burdens on small businesses and infringe upon constitutional liberties of individual Americans.
“The Federal government does not have the authority to regulate an individual’s decision to do [anything],” said Karen Harned, executive director of the Small Business Legal Center of the National Federation of Independent Business, quoted by the news source.
She added that “if they did, then they could force us to purchase any product they want."
The healthcare reform bill passed and was signed into law by President Obama last March. Although many of its provisions don’t come into full effect until 2014, numerous states across the nation have filed lawsuits claiming it is unconstitutional.