|April 13, 2010
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TALLAHASSEE, FL – Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum today issued the following statement on Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue’s decision to join the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health care reform law:
“We welcome Georgia to our efforts to protect the constitutional rights of our citizens as well as the sovereignty of our states. The federal government cannot mandate that all citizens buy qualifying health care coverage or be forced to pay a tax penalty – this is unconstitutional.
“We will aggressively pursue this lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary to prevent this unprecedented expansion of federal powers, impact upon state sovereignty, and encroachment on our freedom.”
A total of six states have now committed to join the original 13 states that filed the lawsuit on March 23, 2010. The lawsuit was filed in the Federal Court’s Northern District of Florida.