JACKSON, Miss. (AP)—A federal judge in Mississippi has scheduled a trial for October in a lawsuit that claims the Obama Administration’s health-care law is illegal, in part based on arguments that it violates individual privacy rights by forcing citizens to buy insurance.
The lawsuit was one of several filed around the country challenging the Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling last month that upheld most of the law, including the individual mandate that requires people to buy insurance or face a penalty. The justices said that portion of the law was legal because the penalty for failing to get insurance amounts to a tax.
The lawsuit in Mississippi claims the law violates individual privacy rights because it would force citizens to disclose medical information to insurance companies when they are forced to purchase policies. The government denies that.
The suit was filed by three Mississippi residents in April 2010. Gov. Phil Bryant, who was lieutenant governor at the time, later joined the lawsuit as a private citizen.
U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett in Hattiesburg scheduled the bench trial for the court’s October term, though a specific date hasn’t been set. A pretrial conference is set for Aug. 10. The lawsuit had been on hold pending the outcome of the case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Both sides in the lawsuit have filed motions for summary judgment, a ruling made by a judge without a trial.