Our attorney general, Tom Corbett, says he plans to join a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal health-care plan passed Sunday and signed into law today, WHYY reports. If successful, Pennsylvanians will not receive the benefits – or, depending on your point of view, the national socialist death sentence – of the fresh-off-Capitol Hill health-care legislation.
Attorney General Corbett has added the Keystone State to a list of other progressive utopias opposing the historic legislation. They include Utah, Texas, South Dakota, North Dakota, South Carolina, Nebraska, Alabama, Washington and Florida.
Not surprisingly, Corbett plans to run for governor in the Republican primary against state Rep. Sam Rohrer (R-Berks). According to Corbett’s spokesman, his intentions have nothing to do with partisan politics, but are instead intended to “'protect the citizens of Pennsylvania whose rights will be violated when health-care reform is signed into law," as reported by the Allentown Morning Call.
Gov. Rendell, in a rare moment of clarity, called Corbett’s power grab “an extraordinary waste of time.” The argument for suing, The Christian Science Monitor reports, is that the law exceeds Congress’ power to regulate commerce. Rendell argues the federal supremacy clause trumps states’ rights in this instance, but admits there’s nothing he can do to stop Corbett’s fight for his interpretation of the Constitution. Guv Ed told WHYY: “It's a waste of taxpayers' money, and it is nothing more than political grandstanding.”
Corbett joins a horde of Republican lynchmob politicians, entertainers and so-called Tea Patriots who’ve spent the last nine months whining and screaming about legislation, with some claiming insuring 32 million Americans “will do more damage than 9/11,” seniors will “die sooner,” and that health care is the “crown jewel of socialism.”
PhillyNow’s calls to the Attorney General’s Office were not immediately returned.
President Obama’s ink officially put in place provisions designed to lower insurance rates, give small businesses tax credits, make it illegal for Americans to be denied coverage based on pre-existing conditions and, according to CBO reports, cut the federal deficit over the next decade. A great graphic explanation on how the health-care overhaul could effect individuals and businesses can be found on the New York Times’ website.
Like AG Corbett and State Sen. Williams before him, Joe Hoeffel is saying things to get attention in the little-noticed race to replace Fast Eddie.
Tom Corbett's outrage against the health-care bill has taken the voting public's eyes off his real winning issue. Or were their eyes ever there in the first place?
But when asked about Corbett’s main beef with the bill—that it is unconstitutional for Washington to force citizens to purchase health insurance (or else pay a fine)—the mayor looked confused: “Well, I think there’s an option where you can opt out of that. There’s a part, I think, that says you don’t have to have health care.”
Anthony Williams campaign for governor is raising some big cash from unexpected places (for a Democrat.)