Six more states want to join the Florida-led lawsuit challenging the federal health care reform law.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a motion Jan. 18 to add Iowa, Ohio, Kansas, Wyoming, Wisconsin and Maine to the suit, bringing the total number of states to 26, including Florida. The National Federation of Independent Business is also part of the suit.
Virginia is challenging the law in a separate lawsuit, and Oklahoma announced it will do the same.
"It sends a strong message that more than half of the states consider the health care law unconstitutional and are willing to fight it in court, " Bondi said in a press statement. "I look forward to continuing to defend Florida's families and businesses against this unconstitutional law and upholding the Constitution."
The Florida lawsuit challenges the "individual mandate," requiring virtually everyone to buy health insurance or face a tax penalty as well as the Medicaid expansion, which states say would force them to cut other critical programs.
Other states represented in the lawsuit are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington.