26 states bring health care law to SCOTUS
Florida attorney general on the case against ObamaCare
- Duration 6:10
- Date Mar 24, 2012
Florida attorney general on the case against ObamaCare
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What I would say to the critics of the bill is that.
First of all -- Hawaii today.
And many of the critics of the bill -- the health insurance industry that really never wanted to see a bill in the first place.
Their bit there are people out there who opposed the bill who are anti government ideologues.
They don't think that government should have a role in health care Medicare Social Security Medicaid any of it.
And no but they love their Medicare.
Well after more than two years of hearings in lawsuits 26 states are about to have their case heard by the Supreme Court.
Joining us now to share her thoughts about the cases Florida attorney general plan body.
Clark is the safe that got the ball rolling in began its legal fight Pam welcome great to have you here today.
Thanks and I'm so happy to be here with -- yes and it's Florida along with 25 other great states in the National Federation of Independent Business.
-- Supreme Court as we've been saying begins hearing the case following the two year anniversary since the affordable health care act went into effect.
Even though many critics believe that the federal government doesn't have the right to require all Americans to buy insurance by 2014.
In -- legal terms though isn't it true any legal challenges will still face some high hurdles.
Well let me tell you this is beyond anything the federal government has attempted to do and let me tell speaker Pelosi -- critics are.
Her critics are attorneys and citizens of this country who believe in our constitution.
And that we have a limited federal government.
And -- underlying power.
Behind this health care takeover.
We are confident will be recognized by the court because if they can do this they have no limits to what they can do you -- those who those -- her critics.
Anyone in this country who believes in our constitution.
So is it your position that -- government could force people to buy health insurance as you point out you're saying what's next.
What this would set the president for limit limit that limitless power of the government.
Could force people to buy other products it felt that the public needed.
You couldn't have -- it any better it is it would it would give them on a limited.
If they can force us to Davis they could force us to do.
How do you think the High Court will respond to the arguments that cut to the very core of whether this act violates the US constitution and individual liberties.
Well I I think the court's going to have advocates engage in a very vigorous debate I can tell you that the Obama administration.
They're going to try to focus on health care policy.
And that's not what this is about this is about our rights and at the the United States constitution.
And the advocate our -- complement to -- just that.
A premier Supreme Court let it get what we -- are going to argue that this is about the constitution.
And our founding fathers to view of a limited federal government.
And we believe in states' rights and we believe an individual's rights and that's the argument that will be argued on Tuesday.
When the -- -- -- is -- and as you out you know I am modern day United States Supreme Court they only give you an hour of oral arguments.
Here we have been given six hours over three -- -- at this stage for the first time this is the first time in fifty years at the High Court is a lauding her oral arguments over three days for a total of six hours you point out.
Did that surprise you that the court was open to this kind of scrutiny.
Well you know you know what it confirmed for us that the court -- As we always have that this is a case of great national importance it's truly one of that one of the biggest cases our life time.
So are you.
With your expectations high before -- these oral arguments Begin.
Well we've we've firmly we're very positive we firmly believe it's unconstitutional.
The first day is going to be anti injunction out as to whether or not this is -- tax.
And whether we can even proceed.
We're very confident we will prevail on that day as I already discuss -- to with in the -- -- Which is so important to our constitution and our rights and -- and on day three.
We will be arguing discover ability issue whether or not the entire act rises or falls if the mandate -- -- unconstitutional.
And we firmly believe it does it is so intertwined.
That without the mandate they have to go back to the drawing board.
On the third day will be arguing the Medicaid expansion.
Issue which is extremely important to Floridians an average stake in this country.
It will cost Florida after 2018.
Well over a billion dollars a year just to maintain -- and they -- that what what the federal government's trying to do it forced us.
By saying hey Florida and then to each day.
-- Florida if you don't participate in this program we're gonna -- every single penny.
Have your Medicaid funding and that Medicaid funding.
Is comprised of hard earned tax dollars by Floridians and so we are going to vigorously defend this case next week you -- complement to give us a sense of the top of attorney that he is and your expectations for his presentation.
Well we've we've been in Constant Contact with pop laments of course he's helped us write write the briefs we've all worked on the -- to -- And he has argued 57 times in front of the United States Supreme Court.
The way out like to this bracket described Paul is if you can happen with brilliant lie -- you can imagine without any ego.
And he is just truly -- -- year's Supreme Court practitioner in the country right now and we are blast that Paulus representing NASA and we'll be right there with them in the courtroom and we're looking forward to it.
And and we'll have a decision by late -- all right to have Pam thank you so much for joining us today will obviously be checking back -- you -- next week to see how all this is coming together and we appreciate your insight today.