Senator Richard Lugar says he’s looking forward to the Supreme Court hearing a challenge to the federal health care law, and says Indiana played a pivotal role in bringing the lawsuit.
Indiana is one of 26 states that joined in a lawsuit challenging the federal Affordable Care Act. The law – or portions of it – has been ruled unconstitutional in a Florida U.S. district court and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, while the 4th and 6th federal circuit courts upheld the law. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear six hours of arguments in the next two weeks on the challenge.
The Indiana Attorney General’s office initially spearheaded much of the research on the case which grew from a request made by Senator Lugar when Congress was debating the legislation. Lugar says even if only parts of the law are struck down, the whole act will need reviewing.
“Would it not be better than for the Congress to simply repeal Obamacare, simply clean the deck?” he says.
Lugar says he believes Congress went too far with the Affordable Care Act, particularly with its mandate that all Americans buy health insurance. But in a statement, Indiana Democratic Party chair Dan Parker called Lugar’s comments cynical politics, saying the Hoosier Senator supported two health care reform plans in the early ‘90s that would have created similar individual mandates.