States opposed to healthcare overhaul pin hopes on Florida court hearing

September 13, 2010 06:42

Attorneys general from 19 other states joined the Florida suit. They represent Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington.

By David G. Savage at LA Times


‘Florida Atty. Gen. Bill McCollum has chosen a favorable forum for the lawsuit. He filed the complaint in Pensacola, in the conservative northern district of the state, and it was assigned to U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson, an appointee of President Reagan. From there, the case would probably move to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta, which also has a conservative reputation.’

‘Virginia Atty. Gen. Ken Cuccinelli filed a separate suit, and last month a federal judge in Virginia strongly hinted that he was inclined to strike down all or parts of the law. “Never before has the Commerce Clause … been extended this far,” U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson wrote in rejecting the Obama administration’s plea to dismiss Virginia’s complaint.’


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