National Federation of Independent Business President and CEO Dan Danner today released the following statement concerning the final day of oral arguments in the organization’s legal challenge to the federal health-care law:
“Today, lawyers for NFIB and 26 states will go before the U.S. Supreme Court and argue that, because the so-called ‘individual mandate’ is unconstitutional, the entire health-care law must be struck down.
“Sometimes, Congress writes laws in such a way that the laws can stand even if one provision is removed, but that isn’t what happened with the president’s health-care law. It was written in such a way that it’s all or nothing. If the Supreme Court agrees that the provision requiring people to buy health insurance or pay a penalty is unconstitutional, then the entire health-care law collapses.
“The upside to this is that Congress will have the opportunity to do it again and do it right. We’ll have the opportunity to pass a health-care law that makes health insurance more accessible and more affordable and isn’t unconstitutional.”
NFIB, with 350,000 small-business members nationwide, is the only business group to join 26 states in challenging the president’s health-care law. Oral arguments began Monday.
Keep up to date with NFIB’s historic week at the United States Supreme Court here: http://www.nfib.com/legal-center/healthcare-lawsuit/