Ten states are lined up to sue the Federal government over the health care bill that the House of Representatives passed last night.
Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington plan to file suits after President Obama signs the bill into law, which could happen as early as Tuesday.
Things are interesting here in Washington as our Democratic Governor is attacking the Republican Attorney General.
Gov. Chris Gregorie stated:
I don’t know who he represents. He doesn’t represent me…I don’t think he represents a million and a half Washingtonians that will be helped by this. I don’t think he represents small business that will be helped by this. I don’t think he represents Medicare people who will be helped by this.
Gregoire said she told him to “get ready to represent me” because she intends to file a legal brief opposing McKenna’s action.
Attorney General Rob McKenna stated:
I believe this new federal health care measure unconstitutionally imposes new requirements on our state and on its citizens. This unprecedented federal mandate, requiring all Washingtonians to purchase health insurance, violates the Commerce Clause and the 10th amendment of the US Constitution.
I’m concerned that the measure unconstitutionally requires all Washingtonians to purchase health insurance and places an extraordinary burden on our state budget by requiring Washington to expand its Medicaid eligibility standards in violation of our state’s rights guaranteed under the 10th amendment.
I’m with Gov. Gregorie here. McKenna doesn’t represent me. I didn’t vote for him…of course I wasn’t in Washington during the last round of elections for state officials…but still. He doesn’t speak for me.
You can read the full article at the Seattle Times.