|September 28, 2011
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ATLANTA, Ga.–Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and the 25 other States challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act today announced that they have filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision of the United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
“This health care law is an affront on Americans’ individual liberty, and we will not allow the federal government to violate our constitutional rights. Our country urgently needs a final ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “This case is paramount in our history and will define the boundaries of Congress’ power as set forth in our Constitution. We must defend Americans’ rights and freedoms and prevent us from being forced into purchasing anything.”
Although the Eleventh Circuit agreed with the States that the Act's individual mandate requirement violates the Constitution, the States have asked the Supreme Court to review three other aspects of the opinion: (1) whether the entire Act must fail because its centerpiece - the mandate that every person purchase insurance - is unconstitutional; (2) whether the federal government can force the States to administer and fund a substantial expansion of Medicaid or risk all of their Medicaid funding; and (3) whether the federal government can require States to give state employees a federally mandated level of health insurance coverage.
As stated in the petition, “This case offers this Court an ideal vehicle to resolve pressing and persistent constitutional questions arising out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It represents an unprecedented challenge—involving over half of the States in the Nation—to an unprecedented legislative initiative.”
To view the Petition, please click here.
To view Appendix Volume One, click here.
To view Appendix Volume Two, click here.