By Christopher Francis - email
TUCSON (KOLD) - A national doctors' group based in Tucson is joining several states in suing the federal government to overturn the newly-passed health care reform act.
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons calls it a massive intrusion into the practice of medicine and the rights of patients because it forces people to buy health insurance.
"If the [health care law] goes unchallenged, then it spells the end of freedom in medicine as we know it," says Jane Orient, M.D., the Executive Director of AAPS. "Courts should not allow this massive intrusion into the practice of medicine and the rights of patients." She adds: "There will be a dire shortage of physicians if the PPACA becomes effective and is not overturned by the courts."
The plan backed by President Barack Obama and majority Democrats would fine people for not having health insurance, starting in 2014. The Association -- along with several attorneys general -- claims the reform law tramples on state and individual rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.
The complaint is posted here: http://www.aapsonline.org/hhslawsuit
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