An attempt by multiple states to sue to undo healthcare reform will move forward now, with Florida Judge Roger Vinson agreeing that the case will be heard in mid-December.
Via Wall Street Journal:
[A] federal judge in Pensacola, Fla., has ruled that 20 U.S. states can proceed with their lawsuit seeking to overturn President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare reform law.
U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson had already indicated at a hearing last month that he would reject parts of a motion by the Justice Department to dismiss the lawsuit, led by Florida and 19 other states.
But in his formal ruling on Thursday, Vinson said the case would continue as scheduled. He had previously set a hearing for Dec. 16.
States seeking to sue against mandated reform argue that it violates the 10th amendment’s guarantee of state’s rights, and that mandating all citizens have healthcare coverage or pay a penalty goes against the commerce clause.
Judge Vinson was a President Ronald Reagan appointee who also occasionally serves as a visiting judge in Texas.