Health Mandate Violates Constitution, Critics Tell High Court

Law360, New York (February 6, 2012, 8:39 PM EST) -- The National Federation of Independent Business and 26 states filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday arguing that the federal health care reform law's individual mandate is an unprecedented overreach of federal authority that violates both states' rights and individual liberty.

The two briefs claim the mandate, which requires nearly everyone in the U.S. to be covered by health insurance starting in 2014, falls outside the Constitution's commerce clause. Both the states and the NFIB, which is the lead private party challenging the law,...
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