Five more states want to become part of the lawsuit filed against the new health care law, which requires all Americans to buy health care insurance.
Twenty states are plaintiffs in the suit led by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or PPACA. They argue that the federal government cannot tax someone as a penalty for not buying health insurance.
Kansas, Maine, Ohio, Wisconsin and Wyoming plan to join the lawsuit. Virginia has also filed a separate lawsuit against the government. The state of Oklahoma also plans to file its own action.
"I know that health care system in general is in a crisis, but I don't want to see that fix rest upon an unconstitutional foundation," Maine Attorney General William Schneider said Tuesday, according to Maine's Sun Journal.
The Sun Journal reported that one GOP lawmaker, State Rep. Rich Cebra, R-Naples, submitted a state bill that would prohibit state and federal agencies from enforcing the law, and impose jail time and fines of up to $5,000.
"It's a violation of our 10th Amendment," Cebra said. "The federal government doesn't have a right to mandate that individuals purchase something."
If Maine jumps on board, more than half of the states will have gone to court against the new law.
So far, the Obama administration has won two out of three lawsuits in which federal judges have issued rulings against the law.