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DENVER (CBS4)- President Barack Obama’s health care reform law goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next week. Colorado is one of 26 states challenging the law.
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers filed a lawsuit claiming the law is unconstitutional because it requires everyone to buy health insurance. That’s known as the individual mandate.
Two attorneys in Colorado who filed briefs in the case commented on the case to CBS4 before it goes in front of the highest court in the nation.
“Congress can enact lots of laws about regulation of interstate commerce but Congress was never given by the people the even greater power to coerce involuntary commerce,” said Independence Institute spokesman Dave Kopel.
“Congress has mandated economic transactions before. Congress regularly changes your tax burden based on whether you buy something and to strike down this law, the court would make up substantial new law,” said Scott Moss with the University of Colorado Law School.
The justices could strike down the individual mandate or the entire law.