As of today, fourteen states have joined a legal challenge to the constitutionality of the health care takeover signed into law by President Obama. This challenge, and the legal actions to come that will be brought by other states, represent the last stand in the defense of states’ rights in the battle over health care.
Many commentators are busy trying to color these legal actions as mere political theatre. Unfortunately, President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid made sure the political process failed in this instance. They used every trick in the book to shove this bill through. We are taking a stand in the courts because we need to fight against this encroachment on our personal liberties and protect states from exacerbating already bad fiscal problems.
Critics on the left wonder why state governments are in such a rush to get their lawsuits filed. What they fail to understand is that the costs to the states to implement this bill are enormous. Many states lack the infrastructure to meet the requirements related to increases in Medicaid enrollment under the law, or to operate the health care insurance exchanges it requires.
This health care takeover is contrary to what the Founders intended. President Obama rigged the game to make sure we couldn’t win in the political process. Now, as we go to work to make sure that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid lose their jobs this November, we must also take the battle to preserve states’ rights and the constitutional liberties of the American people to the legal arena. The states are our last line of defense against this unconstitutional power grab for control of your health care decisions.