Health Care Overhaul Lawsuit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

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  • by nick Location: lansing on Mar 26, 2010 at 09:15 AM
    I thought the state was broke? we have money for this? maybe I should sue mr Cox, I want the health care bill for everyone who can't afford health care now, or lost their job that used to give it to them.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2010 at 04:42 AM
    Lin you are right but what are people going to do about it.Until we try something we have no real reason to stop it before it gets started.It can all be taken out of form later on if it don't work.The gov funded schools for years now they are backing off that.Housing markets are now on the down hill after the big boom with that.The job market has changed and all good things are coming to an end.The name calling and assume stuff is out of hand.Socialist,communist,sloths,lazy and so on is out of hand.I have no idea where this will lead or what each working person will end up paying.I surely don't care who writes what either.Many people feel the same way about this health care deal.So they are socialists and liberals?Not really,just look at things from all points of views.Not so narrow minded.
  • by Lin J Location: Lansing on Mar 24, 2010 at 09:27 PM
    There is no justification for all the threats and hysteria over the new health care plan. So many lies and half truths have been spread that many are in a panic over things that will never happen. Fear was used to whip voters into a frenzy against the plan and fear is the last reason to decide something so major. Fear caused the hysteria that fed McCarthyism and the witchcraft hunts. This is a country where people can disagree. This is a country that cares for its citizens. This is still the United States of America and all those fears will not change the truth. Everyone needs to calm down and learn the facts. Don't find your information from tabloid extremeists. They are looking out for their ratings, not for the good of all.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2010 at 10:14 AM
    Several post that all look very liberal and socialist in nature. Are they all written by the same person?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2010 at 05:40 AM
    Why not go after oil companies for such high oil cost.Turning gas prices into something hurting this country.Why didn't we sue Bush for helping them out on high oil prices.His friends and family gained a few more millions on that deal.Why can't we sue utility companies with all the rates they keep getting approved and many can no longer afford to pay for their electric.Why not sue the government for all the bail outs they gave car companies and banks?That was tax payers money as well.Why didn't we sue the real estate companies for bringing up home prices,or the feds for high rates?Look how many have lost homes.Do we really understand this health care deal yet?It is alright that many republicans have allowed many things to happen and get raised in price.Not the dems,lets go after them and sue the heck out of them.No one really has room to talk.Did any one see republicans stopping JOBS from going over seas and to Mexico?That's what caused all the issues we now have.Money helping money.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2010 at 06:05 PM
    United we stand,divided we fall.The rich get richer,the poor poorer.Suing the upper government?What has this country come to.No one wants to help any one,#1 is all that counts.So many assuming so many things.Been that way for years.No one likes change when it isn't for them in a way they approve.When is God coming back to straighten out this world and get rid of all the evil ones?Soon I pray and sooner than many may think.I really can't believe the NAMES some call the poor.The real problem now is,many are not there by their own choice.I believe we have lost a lot of jobs to other countries,even communist ones.This was the big problem that lead to this kind of action.I don't know if it will work or not but we need not to assume and give it a chance before we complain.Calling people names will not solve anything.Rather many may not believe it,the day may come you'll have no work and need this insurance and be glad you have it.We don't even know what it will cost.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2010 at 05:37 PM
    What I think was very unconstitutional is the fact that heads were turned when medicare and medicaid was ripped off by the billing people,in the tune of billions.In return this cut many things as well as caused many issues for the retired and poor on these programs.It was illegal and many got away with it.Where are all those jobs people use to have but don't now?OVERSEAS where business men are getting very wealthy with cheap labor and no insurances on people.I'd say the under a dollar they pay these people are rather unfair to them.The business owners are very wealthy now and USA people haven't enough jobs,the jobs that use to pay people insurances.It is a proven fact republicans have always been for the rich man only and made many rich.Look at oil prices now thanks to BUSH.He's made himself and friends very rich,as well as many countries.High profit rich health insurance companies won't like this insurances now so will try to stop it.Competition to much?Keep the rich,rich?No thanks.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2010 at 05:12 PM
    I'd like to know where the heck were the republicans and the democrats when all the American jobs were going over seas?Do not either party understand how millions are now in need of JOBS that pay out decent wages and insurances!You all sit by and now wine like a bunch of greedy fools because people are suffering and dieing without insurance,the insurance most jobs use to pay that left this country.Now where did all this JOB loss to other countries put people at.With nothing.Not only is the housing market failing but so are peoples health.Bring back all those jobs and make them pay our insurances,our bills,our food,and so on.The people of this USA need help because so many don't have jobs.many funds from SS and other struff has been tapped into and now we cry not enough.It is not the people fault but the GOVERNMENTS.Stop those from getting needing help from getting it and watch civil war or worse break out.Crime is already sky high.We've had enough poverty,but ask so little,JOBS!Please.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2010 at 04:23 PM
    All those wishing to sue must have darn good insurances.Not giving a da* about the poor of this country.Lets see how far this gets them.Many have died due to bad medical coverage,if any.At least they could give this a chance.It sounds like some rich are worried they may have to spend some of their high incomes.God forbid they should give any more than they want to.Most the time that isn't much if any.Greed is what got us where we are now.Continue with greed and this country will fail and fall and their precious money won't mean a thing.You don't take any thing with ya when you die either.So many points are nothing but selfishness.God be with us all.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2010 at 01:47 PM
    Mike Cox has my vote for governor for not backing health care reform.
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