Just one day after President Obama signed what seems like the biggest health care overhaul the nation has seen, 13 states filed legal action on Wednesday against the new law that disputes the constitutionality of the national health care system.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has taken part in the legal protest of the new Act, and with the assistance of other state attorneys, they are doing their best to punch holes in the law where weakness stands, and these states feel as if there are many holes to be punched.
Included in the list of states that oppose legislation are Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Washington, Colorado, Michigan, Utah, Alabama, South Dakota and most recently Virginia.
According to a press release from Abbott’s office, the group of attorneys feel strongly that Obama’s new system for health care exceeds the authority of Congress over Americans and their constitutional rights.
Abbott commented on the claim and said, “The federal health care legislation signed today violates the United States Constitution and unconstitutionally infringes upon Texans’ individual liberties."
Much of the debate is surrounded by accusations such as Abbott's, because the law mandates that all U.S. citizens are required to purchase appropriate health care coverage or they will face a tax penalty.
Monica Lamb, a former president of Cooke County Republican Women, revealed her views on the law’s tendencies that breach the barriers of rights and how it restricts the ability to choose individual medical care.
Lamb feels that the ability to select a health care plan which caters to an individual’s needs is important to her and a sign of a good program, but it is something which she feels this Act is lacking.
“I think they should allow us to shop for whoever we want to shop for,” said Lamb. “I think we should be able to buy what we want to buy.”
An infringement of civil liberties is not the only thing singled out in the multi-state lawsuit, but a drastic increase in state spending is also a concern.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission released information on the new law and what it would mean for the state, and it is predicted that Obama's new system will double the number of Medicaid recipients, and Texas taxpayers will be forced to spend an additional $24.3 billion on the program within a span of 10 years.
Lamb feels that targeting taxpayers is not the way to better our system and if anything, it would only hurt it. She asserted that Obama first sought to create more jobs, but with this new law he is not creating work that allows Americans to buy their own health care, but instead he is giving them a generalized form of what it should be.
“We need a hand up,” said Lamb, “not a hand out.”
Though some oppose the new law, there are others within the community that feel as if it will move the American health care system forward and it will benefit the citizens in the long run.
Community member Ken Leach offered his opinion on the law and is relieved to see the government step in and create a plan that includes everyone.
“It has taken the insurance companies out of cheating the insured”, said Leach.
Abbott and other state attorneys are claiming, in their lawsuit, that the health care system imposes an unconstitutional tax on the people of America. In the Act, if an individual is uninsured, they must pay a tax penalty and some feel that this penalty violates sections 2 and 9 of the Constitution.
Leach noted that he understands why people are opposed to costs, but he feels that it is necessary to generate money in the beginning phases of the system’s implementation in order to save money down the road.
“It’s insurance,” said Leach. “It shouldn’t be free.”
As some lawmakers and citizens are having trouble accepting what they perceive as an unconstitutional law, Leach has no problems with new Act.
“The only thing I have against it is that it took 100 years to enact”, said Leach.
Obama’s new health care laws seems to have rocked the boat from all view points of the American life, and Texas Attorney General Abbott will continue to work with the other states to reform the legislation and conform it into what they believe is a more constitutional law.