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Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to Visit Washington, D.C., For Supreme Court Arguments in Federal Health Care Challenge


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will be in Washington, D.C., March 26 through 28, 2012, for oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court in Department Of Health And Human Services, et al. v. State Of Florida, et al., Case No. 11-398, which involves a 26-state legal challenge to the federal health care act signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. Former Solicitor General of the United States Paul D. Clement will be presenting argument on behalf of Wisconsin and the other states.


“If Congress can require all citizens to buy health insurance, its powers are essentially unlimited and the balance of power established by the Constitution is nothing more than an illusion. I look forward to a Supreme Court decision that strikes down the individual mandate and affirms the core principles of the United States Constitution,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.


Members of the media wishing to speak with Attorney General Van Hollen next week about his visit to the Court may contact Dana Brueck at 608-266-1221, or by email at


For more information, please find below a link to a brief history of Wisconsin's court action in this challenge: