Arizona challenges “ObamaCare” today

Arizona is among a 26-state coalition leading a legal fight today on the United States Supreme Court. They are challenging the federal health-care law which mandates that nearly all individuals must purchase health insurance.

“It has been two years since the Obama administration forced its federal health care mandate onto Arizona and the rest of the nation. While the most onerous aspects of ObamaCare are yet to take effect, its true costs are becoming clear – both in terms of lost individual liberty and soaring Medicaid expenses for states like mine,” Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer said in a released statement.

The Governor called the mandate a “federal power grab.” She noted that “the final word will be issued by the U.S. Supreme Court following a three-day series of hearings that begin Monday. I am confident the High Court will reach the same conclusion as most Americans: This law is an unaffordable, unconstitutional overreach by the federal government.”

According to the Governor’s Office, the mandatory Medicaid expansion and other requirements of the federal law will cost the State of Arizona nearly $700 million annually.

The U.S. Supreme Court is opening its debate today on whether the nation’s new health-care law is constitutional. Arizona is one of 26 states that have joined the National Federation of Independent Business in a lawsuit challenging the federally mandated care.