The 26 states challenging the federal health care reform law told the Supreme Court on Monday that letting the individual mandate
stand would be a “revolution in government power.”
The state attorneys general and the National Federation of Independent Business filed briefs with the court addressing the constitutionality of the health care law’s requirement that all individuals obtain insurance. The challengers argued Congress has overstepped its authority.
“If Congress really had this remarkable authority, it would not have waited 220 years to exercise it,” the states. “If this power really existed, both our Constitution and our constitutional history would look fundamentally different.”
The Supreme Court
scheduled oral arguments
for the case for three days in March, and the court is expected to rule this summer.