Oral Arguments in Healthcare Lawsuit Take Place in Pensacola

Author: Kristen Ploska Date: September 15, 2010


Oral arguments were heard Tuesday in the lawsuit brought by NFIB and 20 states over the constitutionality of the healthcare law. Following the oral arguments, the plaintiff team was encouraged that the case will be moving forward.

“I think we did well today,” Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said. “We had the better end of the argument on the individual mandate, and I think the judge is going to rule in our favor in this motion.”

In an interview with Fox News, Karen Harned, executive director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center, emphasized how important stakeholders small business owners are in this case and communicated why we are continuing to fight this law for our members.

“Our small business owners are seeing double digit increases in their premiums and they are already feeling the effects of this law,” Harned said. “Our members are being harmed now, and they’re being harmed by having to plan to pay for something that they may or may not want to purchase. And what really upsets our members is that this isn’t even just about healthcare anymore, this is about what the government can tell them to do.”

Following the oral arguments, Attorney General McCollum, Alabama Attorney General Troy King, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and Florida Attorney General candidate Pam Bondi joined NFIB members for lunch to discuss the case and the fight to protect small business from the impacts of the law.

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