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March 26 - Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens Will Argue Health Care before U.S. Supreme Court Today

By Lou Phelps, SBJ Staff Report

March 26, 2012 - Attorney General Sam Olens, along with 25 other attorneys general, the National Federation of Independent Business and four individual plaintiffs will begin oral argument to defend Americans’ individual liberty before the U.S. Supreme Court this Monday, March 26.

The Supreme Court has allotted an unprecedented six hours of time for oral argument, which will conclude on Wednesday, March 28. Paul Clement, former U.S. Solicitor General, will argue on behalf of the states. Attorney General Olens will be one of six attorneys general present for Monday’s argument.

“Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear one of the most consequential Constitutional questions of our lifetime: whether or not the Congress has the power to force individuals to purchase a product,” said Olens. “The Constitution clearly places limits on the authority of the federal government, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act flagrantly exceeds that authority. This case will determine if the federalist system, as envisioned by our Founding Fathers, remains intact or if there is no limit to the power of the federal government to regulate personal decisions of citizens, such as healthcare. I look forward to representing Georgia at this historic argument.”

The Court is expected to issue a decision by the end of June 2012. For more information on the health care lawsuit, visit



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