Is your state’s attorney general suing the federal goverment?
Fourteen attorneys general are going to court to challenge the new health insurance reform law. You can call to congratulate or condemn this decision if you live in any of these states:
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
Florida’s attorney general is leading the charge for 13 of these states. Virginia is pursuing its own suit.
All the attorneys general are Republicans except for James Caldwell of Louisiana, not that there’s anything wrong with that.
According to the Austin Statesman, the lawsuit claims the bill violates the 10th Amendment–which says the federal government has no authority beyond the powers granted to it under the Constitution–by forcing the states to implement health care reform without reimbursing them for the related costs.
The lawsuit also claims that states can’t afford the increased cost of expanding Medicaid. The new law makes it easier to qualify for Medicaid, a government-run health insurance program for the poor. Initially, the federal government will cover the cost of expanded Medicare programs. PolitiFact Florida has the details if you want to read the numbers for yourself.
The Austin Statesman also says that constitutional scholars believe the lawsuit has little chance of reversing the new law because federal laws usually trump state laws.