Monday, March 22, 2010

Healy Calls Upon Blumenthal To Join Suit Against Health Care Bill

Republican Party Chairmen Chris Healy has challenged Attorney General Richard Blumenthal to join other attorneys general in Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, Utah, North Dakota, and South Dakota in a federal law suit to prevent the implementation of the health care reform bill to be signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama.

Healy said the bulky and costly bill, which bears a $2 trillion price tag, would greatly impact Connecticut’s financial ability to meet its requirements. Additional, Healy said, the bill is in sharp conflict with the tenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides that “powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

“Where is Dick Blumenthal when we need him?” asked Healy in a press release. “Our attorney general should put partisan politics aside and protect our rights as patients and tax payers. This legislation is the broadest grab of federal power over the states ever and our elected leaders should resist it with all legal weapons available.”

Healy is not alone in regarding the bill’s key provision, which requires all Americans to purchase health insurance, as violating the commerce clause of the Constitution. He also argues that some of the bills provisions, such as its exemption from liability for Nebraska’s Medicaid costs, will harm Connecticut.

Nebraska has agreed to join the suit.

Throwing down the gauntlet to Blumenthal, Healy said, “Dick Blumenthal always says he wants to protect and fight for consumers. Now is the time to fight for Connecticut’s rights as consumers and taxpayers. This health care bill is an assault on freedom and it interferes with the state’s ability to provide services in an equitable manner.”
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