|March 27, 2012
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WASHINGTON, D.C.–Attorney General Pam Bondi released the following statement on today’s two hours of oral argument on the constitutionality of the health care act’s individual mandate. The mandate requires that individuals obtain health insurance or face a financial penalty.
“Today we defended Americans’ individual liberty by arguing that the federal government cannot force us to purchase private health insurance from cradle to grave. The health care act's individual mandate far exceeds the limited and enumerated powers that the Constitution grants the federal government.
“I was encouraged by the justice's questions, especially the ones that exposed the federal government's inability to identify any meaningful limits on Congress's power. As the states have argued all along, if the federal government can compel citizens to purchase health insurance they do not want, then it can force us to purchase anything."