Even while the debate, shenanigans, bribes, arm-twisting, and naked shower encounters continue, an effort is underway to challenge the legality of any health care mandate that is signed into law. Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum sent a letter to the National Association of Attorneys General requesting that State AGs join this challenge. Here is part of the press release:
Attorney General McCollum today sent a letter to the state Attorneys General regarding the federal health legislation inviting them to join him in preparing a legal challenge to the constitutionality of whatever individual mandate provision emerges, immediately upon the legislation becoming law.
“Presumably one of the provisions penalizing individuals who do not buy insurance will be in any final legislation which becomes law, and if so, I intend to pursue litigation to challenge it,” wrote Attorney General McCollum.
You can act too. The action right now will be on the state level, where you must compel your state leadership to protect its citizens from Obamacare. This also can be used as a vehicle to launch statesmen and stateswomen into every state office. Here is a sample letter to the editor to all the papers in my state.
Will Wyoming Protect its Citizens?
The Attorneys General of the States of Florida, South Carolina, and Virginia have announced that they will legally challenge the Constitutionality of any health care bill mandate that emerges from Congress.
Florida Attorney General McCollum states “…the individual mandate, whether levied as a tax or as a tax penalty, is a capitation or direct tax that is not apportioned evenly among the states as is constitutionally required.” He notes that states have specific standing to sue the federal government to protect their sovereign and quasi-sovereign interests. In a letter sent to all the state Attorneys General on March 16, 2010, McCollum invites other states to join in the effort. South Carolina immediately joined.
In Virginia, Attorney General Bob McDonnell will challenge any action by the Federal government to impose mandates upon its citizens by requiring President Obama prove definitively his authority to sign such legislation under the quo warranto statute.
This year, Wyoming republican legislators proposed an amendment to the Wyoming Constitution that would have prohibited the imposition of federal fines on or jail time for Wyoming citizens resulting from federal “health care” legislation. Democrats, acting in unison, prevented this amendment from moving forward. Did party politics trump the duty to protect Wyoming and its citizens?
Please join me in petitioning Governor Freudenthal and Attorney General Salzburg to join with other states in protecting the Wyoming citizenry from unconstitutional federal health care mandates.
Do NOT let the States betray their citizens!