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Voter Fury And His Howling Commados

Well, that didn't take long.

Ten attorney generals are banding together to file a federal suit to kill Obamacare.  The ten states in this little union are Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington.  The Virginia AG is filing his own suit separate from anyone else.  Their grounds are that this is hilariously expensive for them to monitor, it violates logic (the Virginia AG, Kenneth Cuccinelli, sez, "If a person decides not to buy health insurance, that person by definition is not engaging in commerce.  If you are not engaging in commerce, how can the federal government regulate you?"), and it violates state sovereignty.

I should point out that all of these AG's are Republicans.  AG's that are Democrat, such as here in Illinois, aren't saying jack squat.

36 state legs have started bills to limit the reach of Obamacare and forcing people to participate.  Of those 36, Idaho and Virginia have already enacted laws to supersede it.  Arizona has a state constitutional amendment waiting for voter approval in November.  All the rest are simply introduced.  I'm guessing that's going to get fast tracked.  This will be another black eye for Obamacare, because if state's rights stands, then the reach of Obamacare will be inconsistent, based on what state you live in, and can be tossed by a regular legal challenge.

Long story short -- getting Obamacare approved was a three-ring circus.  Now, there's a new show rolling into town....

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ying_ko_4
Mar. 22nd, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
File under: Sound & Fury Signifying Nothing.

These lawsuits are the ultimate example of frivolous lawsuits. States rights regularly get trumped in court by the Federal Government.

The Viginny AG's "logic" is creative, but laffable...Laff-A-Bull, I tell ya's...

Oh, to make you happy...you is a muffinhead....

There! Feel better? :-P
sinetimore
Mar. 22nd, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
You're right, states rights get trumped quite often. That's why I'm regarding this as a wild card round. Remember the two states that were forced to take the stimulus money? And then other states were told what to spend it on? The pendulum has been swinging the other way for quite a while with things like the feds seizing state lands. The 10th Amendment is kind of general, so if this moves forward, it could become a benchmark for future cases. I can see the case getting heard just to establish that the federal government is not overstepping its bounds by doing all this. Remember, the states themselves are coughing up a lot of dough for this, so they MIGHT, not for sure, but MIGHT be able to build a convincing argument.

I'm a muffinhead? Well, you're a booger face!

...

Somehow, I don't think we'll get on Crossfire like this. We need to hire writers. Maybe those guys who do the stories for the professional wrestlers. So, which one of us stole the other's girlfriend? I'm guessing whoever it was, the other one used a foreign object in the Texas Death Match, and vengeance has been brewing ever since. YOU WANT THIS BELT?!? YOU GOTTA BEAT ME TO GET IT!!!
ying_ko_4
Mar. 23rd, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
The woman I was married to long before I ever met my wife had a very (at the time) young son. You calling me a booger face reminded me that he used to call me an 'eye-ball head'

I don't buy their argument, namely because I don't accept the right of somebody to make a decision that will cost ME money without my consent. Which is pretty much the state of affairs now...

It's the way I feel about motorcycle helmet laws; You don't have the right to engage in an activity that will cost me more money, and not wearing helmets makes my motorcycle insurance more expensive (higher risk across the insured pool, more payouts, higher premiums) and that's not fair to me.

What the Sam Hill ever happened to the notion of Personal Responsibility?

Darn it!

Grr...

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