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Nevada among 20 states in federal suit filed over health reform

Nevada today officially joined 19 other states in a federal lawsuit filed in Florida against the federal health care reform law.

Gov. Jim Gibbons announced during an afternoon news conference that the state officially filed the paperwork to join the suit at 10 a.m. Las Vegas time. The governor said the National Federation of Independent Businesses also joined the lawsuit, which was filed in the Northern District of Florida, as a co-plaintiff on behalf of its members nationwide.

“This bill tramples the constitutional rights of every Nevadan,” Gibbons said. “We believe very strongly in our standing in this case, our ability to win and the fact that we think we are on the right track going forward with this litigation.”

The lawsuit alleges that the law infringes upon the constitutional rights of citizens by mandating all citizens and legal residents have qualifying health care coverage or pay a tax penalty.

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