2012 News Releases

Schmidt to observe Supreme Court health care arguments

Release Date: Mar 23, 2012

TOPEKA – (March 23, 2012) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt will travel to Washington, D.C., next week for the historic Supreme Court arguments over the federal health care law. Kansas is one of 26 states that have brought the case to the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010.

“This is a landmark case,” Schmidt said. “The outcome of this lawsuit could tell us if there are any remaining limits on the power of the federal government over states and individual citizens.”

Schmidt will meet daily with attorneys general from other plaintiff states and with the states’ attorneys arguing the case. He will be in the courtroom on Wednesday, March 28, while the Court hears arguments about the Medicaid expansion provisions in the law. Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement is representing the states before the Court. Kansas Solicitor General Steve McAllister is in Washington this week helping Clement prepare for the arguments.

The Court has scheduled a rare six hours of arguments beginning Monday over the various constitutional issues surrounding the health care law.

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