Nearly 500 State Lawmakers To File Pro Individual Mandate Brief
The lawmakers, all supporters of the health law and aligned with the Progressive States Network, argue Congress has the authority under the Constitution to solve national problems through national solutions.
The Hill's Healthwatch: Nearly 500 State Lawmakers To Press Supreme Court To Uphold Health Care Mandate
More than 480 state lawmakers plan to file a brief Thursday urging the Supreme Court to uphold President Obama's health care law. The group includes at least one lawmaker from every state, including the 26 states whose attorneys general are suing to overturn the health care law's individual insurance mandate. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in March and will likely rule on the law this summer (Baker, 1/11).
CQ HealthBeat: State Lawmakers Who Back Health Care Law Speak Out, Promise Brief For Court
Legislators allied with the Progressive States Network said that they won't allow conservative governors and attorneys general to continue to grab all the attention when it comes to the fate of the law. The high court has scheduled three days of oral arguments in March in a highly visible suit brought by the states, the National Federation of Independent Business and two individuals. States that have joined in the suit have done so at the behest of their governors or attorneys general or both, depending on the politics of each state (Norman, 1/11).
Politico Pro: State Lawmakers To Defend Health Law In SCOTUS Case
Nearly 500 hundred liberal state legislators plan to file a brief with the Supreme Court on Thursday in support of the health care law's individual mandate. But in case you can't wait to hear what they have to say about it, they're already out with the release and the summary today. The Working Group of State Legislators for Health Reform and the Constitutional Accountability Center argue that Congress has the constitutional authority to solve national problems through national solutions (Haberkorn, 1/11).