Dear Floridians,

I am pleased with the oral arguments before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals today in our challenge to the federal health care law. The judges were extremely well prepared and engaged, and our attorney, Paul Clement, did an excellent job.

The federal government could not rebut our argument that the individual mandate is an unprecedented intrusion on individual liberty. The federal government could also not articulate any principled limit on Congress's power. Simply put, the federal government failed to justify Congress's decision, for the first time in American history, to force citizens to purchase a product.

I am encouraged by the judge's response to our arguments that the health care law's Medicaid expansion unconstitutionally coerces the states by forcing them to assume billions in uncompensated Medicaid costs. The health care law vastly exceeds Congress's legitimate authority.

I hope for a prompt decision from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and look forward to a final resolution by the U.S. Supreme Court as soon as possible.
Pam Bondi