Dec. 16, 2010 05:25 PM
Louisiana's case against President Obama's signature health care reform act, passed earlier this year by Congress, will be heard in court today in Florida. Louisiana's case against President Obama's signature health care reform act, passed earlier this year by Congress, will be heard in court today in Florida. Louisiana is one of 20 states signed on as plaintiffs in the suit, one of several against the Affordable Care Act. The states are arguing that the act, and specifically its requirement that all citizens purchase health insurance, is unconstitutional.

The case goes before U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson in Pensacola just three days after a federal judge in Virginia ruled against the federal government in a similar suit, arguing Congress does not have the authority to fine citizens for not purchasing health insurance. Two other federal judges, in Virginia and Michigan, have upheld the healthcare act. Vinson is not expected to issue and immediate ruling today.