Cox Files Constitutional Challenge to Federal Health Care Legislation
John Sellek or Joy Yearout 517-373-8060Agency:
Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox today announced that Michigan
has joined the State of Florida in a lawsuit
challenging the constitutionality of health
care legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Sunday night (H.R.
"Congress' attempt to force
Michigan families to buy health insurance - or else - raises serious
constitutional concerns," said Cox. "We will fight to defend the individual
rights and freedoms of Michigan citizens against this radical overreach by the
Michigan joined several states in Florida's legal challenge to H.R. 3590. The
lawsuit challenges Congressional authority under the U.S. Constitution to enact
an individual mandate compelling Michigan citizens to purchase health insurance
or face large fines.
Cox also expressed concern about the continued inclusion
of the so-called "Cornhusker Kickback" in legislation.
The "Kickback" allows the State of Nebraska to avoid paying its
fair share of an expansion of Medicaid by forcing taxpayers in states like
Michigan to pick up the $100 million tab.
Cox joined a bi-partisan group of Attorneys General from across
the country opposing the kickback and demanding Congress remove the unfair
provision or potentially face legal action.