Fourteen state attorneys general — 13 in a coalition led by Bill McCollum of Florida and one, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II of Virginia, going it alone — filed lawsuits this week asking federal judges to declare the new Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act unconstitutional. The plaintiffs do not exactly mince words. The new law violates "the core constitutional principle of federalism upon which this nation was founded," the Florida complaint declares. It is "contrary to the foundational assumptions of the constitutional compact," Virginia claims. The Web is filled with commentary and debate over the merits of the states' arguments that the new law exceeds Congress's authority to regulate interstate commerce and violates the 10th Amendment's protection for state sovereignty.
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