Healthcare law challenge in Florida

Kaiser Health News mentions David Rivkin in this week’s healthcare lawsuit hearing in Pensacola, Florida.

Lawmakers and others are closely watching a lawsuit brought in Florida by a pair of conservative Washington, D.C., lawyers that challenges the health reform law as bearing a possibility of what the future will bring for the overhaul. The Wall Street Journal reports that the suit, “filed in Florida by David Rivkin and Lee Casey, is one of a handful of challenges lodged against the law in recent months. Like Messrs. Rivkin and Casey’s action, some of the suits argue that Congress doesn’t have the Constitutional authority to require people to buy health insurance or face a fine, a key tenet of the legislation. But largely because the Florida lawsuit was lodged on behalf of 20 state attorneys general, it has become the most closely watched case in the ongoing political battle overt the health-care overhaul. … Legal experts are divided over the strength of their case, however, with many predicting it will sooner or later fail entirely. The Obama administration has lodged an early challenge to the suit, arguing that the Constitution’s Commerce Clause gives Congress the power to pass the law” (Jones, 9/13).

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