21 States Support Missouri Health Care Reform Challenge

Nearly two dozen states are in support of a challenge to the health care reform law presented by Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder. The states all believe the law, passed in March 2010, is unconstitutional because it requires people to purchase health insurance.

States Ask for Appeal to Previous Lawsuit

Shortly after health care reform was signed into law, Missouri began to fight what it believed was the unconstitutionality of requiring a person to purchase health insurance. In May 2010, the Missouri House of Representatives allowed residents and employers vote on their right to decline coverage.

Then in July, Kinder and six state residents sued U.S. officials under the same claim. However, U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel dismissed the case in April. Kinder is now appealing the lawsuit and he has the support of 21 other states that have filed court papers in favor of the original challenge.

The states joining Missouri are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. They filed a brief on Monday asking the federal appeals court in St. Louis to reinstate the lawsuit.

Multiple Challenges to Health Care Law

This lawsuit is just one of several that have been filed against the health care reform law. In a suit filed in Florida, U.S. District Judge C. Roger Vinson ruled that the law should be struck down entirely.

The House of Representatives also passed a procedural vote that would allow lawmakers to strike down the law.

In the meantime, the law has continued moving toward full enactment in 2014. States have already enacted portions of the law and health care exchanges have been set up in several states. Republicans have expressed their commitment to having the law repeal. It remains to be seen whether they’ll be successful in the long run.