Judge dismisses Miss. lawsuit against Obamacare

A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit in which Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant and others sought to have the health care reform law overturned.

U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett, in a 23-page decision, said Bryant and the other plaintiffs did not have standing to file the lawsuit.

However, Starrett, who sits on the federal bench in Hattiesburg, gave Bryant and the plaintiffs 30 days to amend their lawsuit.

The plaintiffs claim in the lawsuit that the health care reform law’s requirement that every American buy health insurance would injure them. The law, commonly known as Obamacare, provides tax penalties for those who don’t have medical insurance starting in 2014.

Hattiesburg American
2/3/11