Across the nation, many candidates ran against the mandated health care reform as a massive government intrusion into citizen’s private lives. Many of those candidates won their races and are taking the fight to Washington. Come January, with veteran Georgian leadership, Obamacare will be under siege.
…Monday, more than 50 members of the conservative Republican Study Committee, led by Rep. Tom Price of Roswell, announced they plan to file a friend-of-the-court brief backing Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and leaders of 19 other states who have filed suit seeking to overturn the legislation. In the suit led by Florida, the states claim the federal government is overstepping its constitutional authority by requiring citizens to have health insurance, and also is placing a huge financial burden on the state governments.
Predictably, the Democrats are taking the opposite position.
On the other side of the argument, meanwhile, more than 70 state lawmakers from across the country — including two from Georgia — announced Monday they were filing a separate friend-of-the-court brief backing the federal health care overhaul and bucking Georgia and the other states.
State Sen. Nan Orrock and Rep. Pat Gardner, both Democrats from Atlanta, say the lawsuit by Georgia and other states is a waste of time and money. Joining them in their friend-of-the court filing backing the federal government are 69 other state lawmakers — all but one of them Democrats — from 26 states.
The American people spoke (loudly) against the government take-over of health care during the vote last year. Was there ever a time in American history that the people’s government was as openly hostile to their constituencies as last spring? Some homework is in order for the 112th Congress. James Madison said in Federalist 46,
The federal and State governments are in fact but different agents and trustees of the people, constituted with different powers, and designed for different purposes. The adversaries of the Constitution seem to have lost sight of the people altogether in their reasonings on this subject; and to have viewed these different establishments, not only as mutual rivals and enemies, but as uncontrolled by any common superior in their efforts to usurp the authorities of each other. These gentlemen must here be reminded of their error. They must be told that the ultimate authority, wherever the derivative may be found, resides in the people alone, and that it will not depend merely on the comparative ambition or address of the different governments, whether either, or which of them, will be able to enlarge its sphere of jurisdiction at the expense of the other. Truth, no less than decency, requires that the event in every case should be supposed to depend on the sentiments and sanction of their common constituents.
Now the fight to repeal/defund the monstrosity begins. Pass the popcorn.