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NFIB Seeks To Add Two Plaintiffs To The Health Law SCOTUS Case

The National Federation of Independent Business asked the Supreme Court to add two additional plaintiffs to its health law challenge after the initial plaintiff in the case filed for bankruptcy.

The Wall Street Journal: Health Law Opponents Try To Add Plaintiffs To Lawsuit
A small-business group fighting President Barack Obama's health care law asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to add two plaintiffs to its lawsuit after possible problems arose with an initial plaintiff. The case moved through the lower courts based in part on an assertion by Mary Brown, the owner of an auto-repair shop in Florida. Ms. Brown said her business planning was jeopardized by the need to set aside funds to pay for her health insurance beginning in 2014, when a provision requiring most Americans to carry such coverage or pay a penalty takes effect (Bravin and Maltby, 1/5).

Politico Pro: NFIB Adding Plaintiffs In SCOTUS Case
The small-business group challenging the health care reform law in the Supreme Court this spring is adding new individuals to its case to avoid last-minute problems over its earlier plaintiff's bankruptcy filing. The National Federation of Independent Business asked the court in a brief Wednesday morning for permission to add two small-business owners as plaintiffs. The move comes after its lead plaintiff, small-business owner Mary Brown, filed for bankruptcy in September. Her bankruptcy was first reported by The Wall Street Journal last month (Haberkorn, 1/4).

Congressional Quarterly: Two More Plaintiffs For Health Care Battle?
The National Federation of Independent Business asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to add two more people to the landmark lawsuit challenging the health care law. The NFIB, 26 states and two individuals will argue a suit against the law (PL 111-48, PL 111-152) before the court over three days in March. But one of the individuals, Mary Brown of Panama City, Fla., recently closed her auto repair shop and filed for personal bankruptcy, which means she might no longer have the legal standing to sue (Norman, 1/4).

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