State lawmakers to defend health law in SCOTUS case

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Nearly 500 hundred liberal state legislators filed a brief with the Supreme Court on Thursday in support of the health care law’s individual mandate.

The general purpose of the Affordable Care Act falls within Congress’s constitutionally granted powers, and the minimum coverage provision, which is part of the means of effecting reform of the national health care industry, does not infringe upon any constitutionally guaranteed rights,” the groups wrote in a summary released Wednesday. “There is no constitutional right to freeload that is infringed by the individual responsibility aspect of the minimum coverage provision.”

Read the summary here

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