Federal Judge to Hear Arguments in Lawsuit Challenging Health Care Mandate

September 14, 2010 - 6:58 AM

Pensacola, Fla. (AP) - The Obama administration hopes a federal judge in Florida will toss a lawsuit by that state and 19 others claiming the president's health care overhaul is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson will hold a hearing in the case Tuesday morning in Pensacola.

The states and the government disagree over sections of the law that will require people to have health insurance or face tax penalties. They also disagree over whether states should pay additional Medicaid costs not covered by the federal government.

The lawsuit is likely to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Florida's Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum filed the lawsuit just minutes after President Barack Obama signed the health care bill into law.