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States’ Rights War Over Obamacare

by on July 6, 2012

Conservative governors tell feds they won’t implement law.

Sunshine State Gov. Rick Scott is leading the charge. He told The Washington Times over the weekend, “Florida will not implement Obamacare.” Palmetto State Gov. Nikki Haley is standing firm as well. “We’re not going to shove more South Carolinians into a broken system,” her office said of the health care law’s planned Medicaid extension to those over the poverty line, according to the Nation magazine. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who heroically took on Badger State labor unions and won, says the November election is central for repeal. “I am hopeful that political changes in Washington D.C. later this year ultimately will end the implementation of this law at the federal level,” he said. Until then, the cheesehead governor isn’t taking action to implement any of the law.

Republicans control 32 governorships. At least 24 of these state leaders have announced they will not implement Mr. Obama’s and Chief Justice Roberts’ Affordable Care Act or are on the fence about what parts of it to implement and what to ignore. The list of those saying in clear language that they will refuse to implement Obamacare in their states includes Ohio’s John Kasich, Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, Kansan Sam Brownback, Georgia’s Nathan Deal and Alaska’s Sean Parnell. Those who are pushing back against certain parts or are supporting legislative repeal are New Jersey’s Chris Christie, Arizona’s Jan Brewer, Mississippi’s Phil Bryant, Tennessee’s Bill Haslam, Alabama’s Robert Bentley, Idaho’s Butch Otter, Iowa’s Terry Branstad, Texan Rick Perry, Virginia’s Bob McDonnell, Utah’s Gary Herbert, Wyoming’s Matt Mead, Nevada’s Brian Sandoval, Pennsylvania’s Tom Corbett and Maine’s Paul LePage. These states represent over 117 million Americans. This overwhelming show of defiance to a federal dictate sets up a states’ rights war not seen in decades.

The response was a little wobbly across the Potomac River from the capital, where the Old Dominion’s Mr. McDonnell capitulated, “Virginia will evaluate the steps necessary to comply with the law” – although he hopes it’s repealed. He needs to seek more advice from Ole Virginny’s rock-solid Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who filed suit to contest Obamacare the day it became law. Others surrendering were New Mexico’s Susana Martinez and North Dakota’s Jack Dalyrymple. A handful of holdout state executives are still deciding what to do. …

One Comment
  1. Anonymous permalink

    The States must refuse to implement Obamacare as an unconstitutional tax. Ignore their policies for their undoing of our Constitution. Impeach the whole bunch of these politicians who do not even represent their own constituents anymore. They are beholden to un-American Donors. Probably Foreign money from the Saudi’s involved. The Democrats are now out and out thugs. Ignore the Major media and label them partisan to Dems only and their writings worthless.

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