President Signs Health Care Reform Bill Into Law, 14 States Sue
Tuesday was a day mixed with celebration and anger for many throughout the country as President Barack Obama proudly signed the health care reform bill into law. The historic moment marked a major adjustment in health care and health insurance rates in the country; however, some of the changes are by no means satisfactory to some states around the country.
Obama Signs Bill into Law
On Tuesday, Obama signed the $940 billion health care reform bill, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, into law. It had been successfully passed in the House of Representatives on Sunday night after a long day of debates between party members. After the bill was passed, Republicans filed a motion to stop it in its tracks; however, the attempt was unsuccessful.
Now, Obama will make attempts to sell the 10-year legislation to a public who is a bit confused about how it will affect them and state leaders who don’t want it at all.
Minutes Later, 14 States Sue Calling Bill Unconstitutional
Just minutes after Obama signed the bill into law, 14 states went to court citing that the law’s requirement that individuals buy health insurance violates the Constitution and forces unnecessary costs on Americans.
Thirteen of the 14 states (Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington) filed suit in a federal court in Pensacola, Fla. asking a judge to block the enforcement of the law.
Virginia’s attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, filed a case separate from the other states in his own state on Tuesday afternoon.
In addition to the lawsuits, legislatures in three dozen states are considering proposed legislation aimed at blocking elements of the health care reform bill.
White House Isn’t Worried
A spokesman from the White House, Robert Gibbs, said Monday they were expecting the lawsuits and had been advised by lawyers that the administration would indeed win. For this reason, Democratic Party spokesman Hari Sevugan has been quoted as saying the lawsuits are “a waste of state funds during the worst economic crisis in a generation.”
While the White House prepares to fight lawsuits, it also has to fight Republicans who are planning a series of amendments that could stall enforcement of the law by requiring that the reconciliation bill be passed again. So while one victory was won by Democrats, they still have a long road ahead of them.