FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010
The National Federation of Independent Business is joining a federal lawsuit filed in Florida by 20 state attorneys general and governors against the health care overhaul. The nation's most influential small business lobby is joining a court challenge that argues Americans cannot be required under the Constitution to obtain insurance coverage. With 350,000 members, the NFIB boasts a far-reaching network of local activists. One of its pillars of the new health care law, which will be effective in 2014, is the requirement that most Americans carry health insurance. The Obama administration argues that the coverage requirements rest on a solid constitutional foundation, the power of Congress to regulate interstate commerce.