Glenn Beck Attracts Thousands to Rally Against New Health Law

TAMPA (3-29-2010) -

An estimate 8,000 Glen Beck fans converged on Orlando Saturday to see the popular talk radio host in the flesh and to display their disdain for the federal government's health care reforms.

Members of the Beck-inspired 9/12 and Tea Party organizations say the measures are unconstitutional. They are voicing their support for Florida's Attorney General in his quest to overturn the new law.

Attorney General Bill McCollum has called the new law, which imposes fines on individuals who don't secure health insurance, "a penalty for just living."

Michael Caputo, a Miami-based spokesman for Florida's Tea Party members, says the measure is a case of the government over-stepping its boundaries.

“For the first time ever, the federal government is forcing people to buy a good or a service in the marketplace,” he said.

Constitutional scholars are divided over whether McCollum’s lawsuit has a chance of overturning health care reforms, even with a five-member conservative majority.

McCollum is one of several attorneys general from 12 states who have filed lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the health care reforms.

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