States suing over ObamaCare now reaches 18

posted at 2:55 pm on April 7, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Even with Minnesota and Wisconsin’s Democratic Attorneys General opting to side with the feds rather than defend state sovereignty, the decision to fight ObamaCare in the courts over federal encroachment has become popular.  With the addition of five states today, the count has now reached 18 states that will demand action in court to stop the enforcement of the individual mandate, among other matters:

The joint lawsuit led by Florida and now grouping 18 states was filed on March 23. It claims the sweeping reform of the $2.5 trillion healthcare system violates state-government rights in the U.S. Constitution and will force massive new spending on hard-pressed state governments.

South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Louisiana, Alabama, Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington, Idaho, and South Dakota had previously joined Florida’s lawsuit.

“We welcome the partnership of Indiana, North Dakota, Mississippi, Nevada and Arizona as we continue fighting to protect the constitutional rights of American citizens and the sovereignty of our states,” Bill McCollum said.

Are there that many AGs looking for higher office? HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was asked about the lawsuits yesterday, and dismissed them as cheap political stunts:

As we see in Minnesota, the political hackery seems to be more on the other foot. Sebelius may well be right, at least in the notion that courts will be loath to reverse the bill, but it sounds a little more like bravado. At the very least, more than a third of the states see a fundamental interest in stopping Washington from encroaching on their sovereignty, which makes this a bit more than a campaign stunt — even if Sebelius could substantiate the notion that all 18 AGs (one of whom at least is a Democrat, Louisiana’s James Caldwell) are actually pursuing higher office at the moment.

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Hadn’t heard Oklahoma is getting preferential treatment. Figured they’d be all over this.

The Okies were thumping their chests a few years back over immigration and the 10th Amendment.

What the heck happened?

BowHuntingTexas on April 7, 2010 at 4:20 PMNot sure — been working away from home for most of past year. IIRC, our sole Dem Rep is blue dog and he voted HC down. So I don’t see how we got any pork to entice anyone — however given Coburn’s recent remarks about loving Nanny Peloser, I’m beginning to wonder.

As for the AG, he’s a Donk that already overreached with his version of cap-n-tax a couple of years ago. He may be an 4-time incumbent, but within months of re-election, the majority of Okies had buyer’s remorse with the crap he’s pulled. I’m guessing he thot he’d leverage his bona-fides to higher office, but it backfired. He’s on his way out this Nov, as is the donk Governor.

WRT immigration and 10th Amendment, we (State Legislature) passed them over their active opposition. If we don’t get the majority for a constitutional convention this year, I’m sure we will in 2011.

AH_C on April 7, 2010 at 9:04 PM