Florida preps for Healthcare Law at Supreme Court

Mar 20, 2012

The Federal healthcare overhaul law turns two years old this week, right before it heads to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Justices will hear a Florida-led challenge to the law. Lynn Hatter reports Florida’s Attorney General says she’s ready to go to court.

The state claims the federal healthcare law’s requirement that most people get insurance is unconstitutional. Florida officials are also contesting the requirement that states insure more people under Medicaid or lose federal funding. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says she’s ready for her day in court:

 “ I was up until about three in the morning working on that and we will be in Washington D.C Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday of next week and I’m really looking forward to that.”

The Healthcare law’s supporters argue Congress has the right to regulate healthcare because it’s a large part of the nation’s economy. Oral arguments are set to begin next week. A ruling could come by June. Florida, along with 25 other states sued after Congress passed the law two years ago.