Testimony will be heard today in federal court in yet another lawsuit that challenges the consitutationality of the health care reform law.
This time, the National Federation of Independent Businesses – the only business organization to file a suit – will argue that the federal government doesn’t have the authority to mandate that individuals purchase health insurance.
“The mandates, penalties and regulatory requirements of this law are potentially overwhelming for many of the small businesses in Colorado that are struggling to keep their doors open,” said Tony Gagliardi, Colorado director of the NFIB. “If this law stands, it will drive up the cost of insurance for everyone, punish small businesses that cannot afford to purchase insurance, and smother our economy under an avalanche new debt and higher expenses.”
NFIB is the only business organization in the country to have joined 20 states – including Colorado – in a lawsuit against the measure. Karen Harned, executive director of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center, will be making oral arguments today in federal court in Pensacola, Florida, in which she will urge the judge to rule the law unconstitutional. Below his her statement:
“On behalf of small business owners nationwide, NFIB will argue today in federal court that the individual mandate in the healthcare law – which forces Americans to buy private health insurance or pay a penalty – is fundamentally unconstitutional.