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By FITSNews || Five additional states have joined a lawsuit that would block the implementation of “Obamacare,” bringing the total number of states suing over the nation’s new socialized medicine law to eighteen.

Attorneys General for Arizona, Indiana, Mississippi, Nevada, and North Dakota announced this week that their states are joining the lawsuit filed on March 23 by Attorneys General for Alabama, Colorado Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington.

That suit was filed seven minutes after President Barack Obama signed the legislation – literally before the ink was even dry.  At its heart, the complaint alleges that the new law is unconstitutional because it would force Americans to enter into agreements with private companies to purchase insurance or else face fines of up to 2.5 percent of their annual income.

Additional fines would be placed on employers – who are being subjected to massive tax hikes to pay for the law’s new subsidies.

Obviously, the government already mandates all sorts of insurance – including car insurance – but the difference is that there’s no law that forces a private citizen to buy a car.

In addition to the lawsuit, efforts are underway at the state level – including here in South Carolina – to block key provisions of the bill.  Also, the repeal of Obamacare has emerged as a litmus test issue for voters in many Congressional campaigns.

Polls have shown that a majority of Americans favor repealing the legislation – numbers which haven’t budged since it was passed.  In fact, according to the latest data from Rasmussen Reports, 54 percent of the nation’s likely voters remain in favor of repealing the legislation (including 43 percent who strongly favor repeal).  Only 42 percent oppose repeal.

Those numbers are virtually identical to Rasmussen polls taken last week as well as immediately following the passage of the legislation.

Rasmussen Reports Health Care Poll