ATLANTA — Georgia is now officially suing the federal government over health care reform.
20 states, plus two individual plaintiffs, joined together in filing the amended complaint Friday.
The National Federal of Independent Businesses is a co-plaintiff.
In a statement, Governor Sonny Perdue said, “Congress’s health care bill will exact a huge cost on our state and curtail our economic growth. Congress has gone too far in infringing upon individuals’ rights by imposing burdensome regulations on all Americans.”
The original lawsuit was filed against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Treasury and the U.S. Department of Labor on March 23, 2010 minutes after the health care reform act was signed into law by President Barack Obama.
A group of pro bono attorneys is representing Georgia.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in the Northern District of Florida, alleges that the new law infringes upon people’s constitutional rights by mandating all citizens and legal residents have qualifying health care coverage or pay a tax penalty.
You can read a copy of the lawsuit here.