A joint multi-state lawsuit has been filed challenging the health care reform bill passed by the Obama administration earlier this year. A federal judge approved the lawsuit to go forward and called the defense of the Democrats an “Alice in Wonderland” argument.
Pawlenty told CNN this week, “I think Obamacare is one of the worst pieces of legislation passed in the modern history of the country, “I’m doing everything I can in Minnesota to stop, delay or avoid implementation in my state, including signing an executive order saying we’re not going to participate unless required by law or approved by me.”
Minnesota has been ordered by Pawlenty to ignore discretionary grants that come from the new health care legislation as well as oppose enrolling more people in Medicare via a federal offer.
The lawsuit is scheduled to move forward on December 16 which is the scheduled trial date. A collection of state attorney generals and governors hope to bring this lawsuit all the way to the Supreme Court. The possibilities of this happening are very real.
In my opinion, it may almost be better for the GOP to lose this lawsuit. A win without a solution could be used in political rhetoric in the 2012 campaigning by the democrats. The desperate-crats are looking for anything to campaign on besides their record. Smart democrats will point to the gridlock of this lawsuit as a reason to keep them in power and move forward with four more years of Obama care.
In the end it is just the usual game of political game of checkers with the American people being used as pawns. Millions of Americans believe that the health care legislation was crap. Yet at the same time, millions of Americans do believe that there should be reform. Doing something is not better than doing nothing. I just hope that if the states do win this lawsuit that there is a plan B here because just stopping the health reform without a solution is going to do nobody any favors.
Especially republicans looking to take back the office in 2012.