Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
March 22, 2012
Contact: Whitney Ray
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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear States’ Challenge to the Federal Government’s Health Care Act

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Attorney General Pam Bondi, 25 other attorneys general, the National Federation of Independent Business and four individual plaintiffs will begin oral argument to defend Americans’ individual liberty before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, March 26. The Supreme Court has allotted an unprecedented six hours of time for oral argument, which will conclude on Wednesday, March 28. Paul Clement, former U.S. Solicitor General, will argue on behalf of the states.

“We must preserve Americans’ individual liberty and ensure that our federal government is one of limited powers,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “If the federal government can force us to purchase health insurance, they can force us to do anything. Paul Clement is a premiere Supreme Court practitioner, and we are proud that he will be defending our constitutional rights before the Supreme Court.”

The argument schedule is as follows:

    Monday, March 26, 10 a.m.

    o The Court will hear 90 minutes of argument on the federal Anti-Injunction Act.

    Tuesday, March 27, 10 a.m.

        o The Court will hear two hours of argument on the constitutionality of the individual mandate.
    Wednesday, March 28, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
        o At 10 a.m., the Court will hear 90 minutes on the issue of severability.

        o At 1 p.m., the Court will hear one hour of argument on expansion of Medicaid programs.

The Court is expected to issue a decision by the end of June 2012. For more information on the health care lawsuit, please visit http://www.healthcarelawsuit.us/.