They have the national support. They have the motivation. And they don’t want a federal mandate. So the states are talking lawsuits.
That is the idea behind the measure allowing Idaho to sue the federal government should it force ObamaCare on the state’s residents unwanted. Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter signed the measure yesterday, a day symbolizing good luck.
And Idaho will need it. House Democrats are calling all yes’s to their side for a Sunday vote that would take-over one-sixth of the American economy.
But Idaho isn’t alone, as luck does have it. There is similar legislation in 37 other states to reinforce the state’s right to govern themselves without the federal government hovering over the dinner table forcing everyone to eat their veggies or pay a hefty fine. Virginia, also, is legally armed and ready.
A spokesman for Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) said this afternoon that Virginia will file suit against the federal government if the Democratic health care reform bill is approved by the U.S. Congress.
Many Democrats are refusing to fall on their sword to pass the unpopular legislation, what Obama has reportedly said is needed to save his presidency.
President Barack Obama had exhausted most of his health care reform arguments with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus during a White House meeting last Thursday when he made a more personal pitch that resonated with many skeptics in the room.
One caucus member told POLITICO that Obama won him over by “essentially [saying] that the fate of his presidency” hinged on this week’s health reform vote in the House.
The talking points for the health insurance system has morphed from being about the good of the country to being about the good of one man’s legacy, a President who has hung his hat on a 2,000-plus page mud pit of legislative murkiness.
Another caucus member, Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.), said, “We went in there already knowing his presidency would be weakened if this thing went down, but the president clearly reinforced the impression the presidency would be damaged by a loss.”
If Congress opts for the “deem and pass” back alley approach to pass the highly touted, highly unpopular bill, states may sue – like Idaho now free to sue the federal government and Virginia warning Pelosi the move will create “yet another constitutional challenge” – by drawing the next battle line in the fight against health insurance reform along the state lines.