Attorneys General from 14 states, including Alabama, are suing the federal government to stop the massive health care overhaul, claiming the new law is unconstitutional. The lawsuit, which was filed minutes after President Obama signed the overhaul bill, names the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor as Defendants. Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is taking the lead in the lawsuit filed in federal court in Pensacola.
At press time Attorneys General from Alabama, South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Michigan, Utah, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Louisiana, Idaho, Washington and Colorado had joined in the suit. It’s reported that other GOP Attorneys General may join the lawsuit later or sue separately. Virginia’s Attorney General has already filed an individual suit.
These lawsuits most likely will fail because the reform measure clearly appears to meet constitutional muster. But filing the lawsuits may prove to be good politics for the Attorneys General who are either running for reelection or for Governor. While some of them most likely believe the suits have merit, I really thought the states’ rights argument had been decided during the segregation battles of the 1960s. But, maybe not!
Source: Birmingham News
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