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NFIB Joins States In Healthcare Reform Lawsuit

Written by Jenna Weiner
Published: 5/14/2010

Legislation is said to undermine small businesses and the core values of the National Federation of Independent Business.

The National Federation of Independent Business has joined 20 U.S. states in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of healthcare reform legislation.

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The group's president and CEO, Dan Danner, issued a statement Friday in which he called the lawsuit against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act "historic."

Danner said the legislation undermines the core values of the NFIB: the promotion and protection of small business owners and their right to own, operate and grow their businesses. While the federation supports healthcare reform in general, it believes the current version is bad news for entrepreneurs and a threat to constitutional freedoms.

"We didn't enter into the decision to join this lawsuit lightly," Danner said, "but the outpouring of opposition to this new law was overwhelming and our members urged us to do everything in our power to stop this unconstitutional law."

According to Reuters, the states' lawsuit challenges the central element of the bill - the mandate for nearly everyone to purchase health insurance. The NFIB also participated in a news conference with Florida state Attorney General Bill McCollum to discuss the lawsuit.

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