Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wisconsin will not implement Obamacare; Other states should do likewise.

Today, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said that since a federal judge had struck down Obamacare, Wisconsin would not implement the law. "This means that  for Wisconsin", said Hollen, "the federal health care law is dead." He went on to say Wisconsin"was relieved of any obligations or duties" to carry out the statute. (link)

Tennessee and other states need to follow Winconsins' lead. Momentum is building to repeal Obamacare. We need rachet up the pressure. Also, if more states take the same position as Wisconsin, the Supreme Court may be motivated to expedite consideration of the case.

Unfortunately, Tennessee will probably not follow the lead of Wisconsin. Unfortunately our unelected Democrat Attorney General Robert Cooper, who is accountable to no one, refuses to even join the other 26 states in challenging the law despite being asked to do by the State Legislature.

If there is some legal way to do so, our state legislature should hire an attorney to carry out the will of the people of Tennessee and join the other states seeking to overturn Obamacare. Also, Governor Haslam while campaigning said he supported joining the health-care lawsuit but has said little about the law since getting elected. Bill Haslam needs to show leadership now! Haslam should pressure the Attorney General to join the lawsuit and Haslam should pressure the Attorney General to take a position like that of Wisconsin. If the Attorney General cannot be persuaded, Governor Haslam and the State Legislature should work around the Attorney General and do it anyway. Additionally we should begin the process of changing the way the attorney general is selected. He should be appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate or be popularly elected.

Editorial: ObamaCare Is No Longer A Law

Business Investors Daily, 2/1/2010
Already bruised and unpopular, ObamaCare has now been issued a death sentence. Yet the White House says it will "proceed apace" with its implementation. Has anyone there heard of checks and balances?

The White House plans to appeal Vinson's ruling. But until it asks for a stay and a court grants one, the government should cease and desist from implementing ObamaCare if it's to stay within the bounds of the law. Don't be surprised, though, if it doesn't. (
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