As expected, 13 states filed a federal lawsuit today in the hopes of striking down President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul.
The states' attorneys general filed their complaint in the Northern District of Florida, declaring that the federal government has violated the states' rights as “sovereigns and protectors of the freedom, health, and welfare of their citizens and residents.” Click here (PDF) to read the full 23-page filing, which lists Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of health and human services, as the lead defendant.
Baker Hostetler partners David Rivkin Jr. and Lee Casey, of the firm’s Washington office, are advising the states as outside counsel.
Also as expected, Virginia’s attorney general filed a separate federal lawsuit on behalf of his state. Click here (PDF) for that seven-page filing.
UPDATE (3/24): Click here for the White House's take.