Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of when President Obama signed the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law, infringing upon states' and individuals' rights and liberties. Within hours, Florida and 12 other states contested the constitutionality of the Act by filing a lawsuit in federal court. One year later, a federal judge has struck down the health care law in its entirety, ruling it unconstitutional, and the case is on track to be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Today, Florida, joined by 25 other states and the National Federation of Independent Business, awaits an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and is on a fast track to the U.S. Supreme Court. In order to expedite the case, we have requested a hearing "en banc," or full court, in order to be heard by all judges rather than a three-judge panel. We will receive a response soon, and if it is favorable, the case will be heard during the first week of June. It is my hope that the request is granted and we can bring the case before the U.S. Supreme Court by fall.
The health care lawsuit is about protecting individual liberty and preserving the Constitution's limits on federal power. It is paramount to keeping the federal government from encroaching on our fundamental right, rights that are the foundation of our nation.