23 March 2010


I just got this in on the Associated Press wire via Twitter. The Attorney Generals in thirteen states have filed lawsuits against the Federal government on the grounds that the healthcare takeover by the government is unconstitutional. One of the Attorney Generals is a Democrat. Here's the article:

13 attorneys general sue over health care overhaul

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Attorneys general from 13 states sued the federal government Tuesday, claiming the landmark health care overhaul bill is unconstitutional just seven minutes after President Barack Obama signed it into law.

The lawsuit was filed in Pensacola after the Democratic president signed the bill the House passed Sunday night.

"The Constitution nowhere authorizes the United States to mandate, either directly or under threat of penalty, that all citizens and legal residents have qualifying health care coverage," the lawsuit says.

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is taking the lead and is joined by attorneys general from South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Michigan, Utah, Pennsylvania, Alabama, South Dakota, Idaho, Washington, Colorado and Louisiana. All are Republicans except James "Buddy" Caldwell of Louisiana, who is a Democrat.

Some states are considering separate lawsuits and still others may join the multistate suit.

McCollum, who is running for governor, has pushed the lawsuit for several weeks, asking other GOP attorneys general to join him. He says the federal government cannot constitutionally require individuals to obtain health coverage. He is also arguing the bill will cause "substantial harm and financial burden" to the states.

Some states are also looking at other ways to avoid participating in the overhaul. Virginia and Idaho have passed legislation aimed at blocking the bill's insurance requirement from taking effect, and the Republican-led Legislature in Florida is trying to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to ask voters to exempt the state from the federal law's requirements. At least 60 percent of voters would have to approve.

McCollum was working with officials from several state agencies to determine how much the health care overhaul would cost the state. He said earlier this month, "I can't conceive of any good in this bill and I don't think any of these agencies can."

Under the bill, starting in six months, health insurance companies would be required to keep young adults as beneficiaries on their parents' plans until they turn 26, and companies would no longer be allowed to deny coverage to sick children.

Other changes would not kick in until 2014.

That's when most Americans will for the first time be required to carry health insurance — either through an employer or government program or by buying it themselves. Those who refuse will face penalties from the IRS.

Tax credits to help pay for premiums also will start flowing to middle-class working families with incomes up to $88,000 a year, and Medicaid will be expanded to cover more low-income people.

No Republicans in the U.S. House or Senate voted for the bill.


Jimmy's Journal said...

That's great - Let's see what happens!


Julie said...

I fear it may be too little, too late. Isn't our military suppose to protect from our enemies even in our country, the biggest traitors and enemies of the country are in our government. Pretty sad.

Carolyn said...

Hey Dirk- Bill McCullum had been talking about this for a long time, so I'm glad to see him keeping his word! News yesterday tried to tie these lawsuits to strickly politics, as most of the AG's are Republicans, and some are going to be running in elections, but more than that is their understanding of the Constitution,and how this bill is SO unconstitutional! I haven't heard that word much in the news. We shall see how this plays out. Heads up to all though, there is MUCH work to be done. I have a feeling other than cap and tax, amnesty is going to be the next biggie- after all, all the liberals/progressives know they are dead meat in November, so they need to get all those millions of illegals processed and registered "D" immediately to get their votes come november. It wouldn't suprise me to see all these traitors some how hang on to their seats by new votes. I could be wrong, but with the commies we have now, they will try with everything they've got to hold on to their seats.
God Bless you Dirk!

RIVER Organization Christian Church said...

Great post, Dirk. Thanks for visiting my site. I hope to catch up with yours someday. Maybe I'll see you in the prison camp, huh?