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CITING TENTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS, AGS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY CHALLENGE LEGISLATION PUSHED THROUGH BY OBAMA’S “HOUSE OF CARDS”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 23, 2010) — Attorneys general who promised a lawsuit over the health care legislation passed by the House of Representatives Sunday night have delivered on their promise.
Seven minutes after Obama signed the health care bill this morning, a group of 13 states’ attorneys consisting of 12 Republicans and one Democrat filed a lawsuit in Pensacola, FL.
The attorney general of Washington state, Rob McKenna, summarized his reasons for joining the lawsuit by stating that the bill “unconstitutionally imposes new requirements on our state and on its citizens. It’s an unprecedented federal mandate, requiring all Washingtonians to purchase health insurance, and violates the Commerce Clause and the Tenth amendment of the US Constitution.”
Washington’s governor, Christine Gregoire, supports the bill and has stated she will battle the attorney general over it.
Attorney General Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania released a statement on his website today which reads, in part: “With one strike of the pen, our government has thrown out the constitutional framework developed by the Founding Fathers, and expanded the Commerce Clause to include unprecedented power to regulate and penalize private decision not to engage in commerce.”
Utah’s Attorney General, Mark Shurtleff, announced yesterday that he would be joining the lawsuit, stating, “This health care reform bill includes an unprecedented mandate that requires every U.S. citizen to buy health insurance or face a penalty. This mandate and other provisions violate the U.S. Constitution and infringe on individual and state rights.”
The lawsuit filed by the 13 attorneys general can be found here.