Texas to challenge health care overhaul

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  1. G36's Rule

    G36's Rule Senior Member

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    Abbott: Texas to challenge health care overhaul


    By KELLEY SHANNON / Associated Press

    Texas will join other states in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of federal health care legislation as soon as President Barack Obama signs the bill, Attorney General Greg Abbott said.

    "To protect all Texans' constitutional rights, preserve the constitutional framework intended by our nation's founders, and defend our state from further infringement by the federal government, the State of Texas and other states will legally challenge the federal health care legislation," Abbott said in a written statement late Sunday night after the U.S. House of Representatives approved the measure.

    The legislation is headed to Obama to sign, which could happen Tuesday.

    "We plan to file the moment Obama signs the bill," Abbott said in a posting on Facebook. Attorneys general for several other states indicated Monday they would join the lawsuit.

    House members voted 219-212 late Sunday to approve the health care overhaul that that would extend coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans. It also would significantly expand Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for the poor; place new federal regulations on the insurance industry; and allow parents to keep children up to age 26 on their family insurance plans. Most Americans would have to buy insurance or face penalties. There would be subsidies to help families with incomes of up to $88,000 a year pay their premiums.

    Prominent Texas Republicans, including Abbott and Gov. Rick Perry, have been outspoken against the Democratic-backed health care measure. Perry called it a "gross federal overreach."

    "Unfortunately, the health care vote had more to do with expanding socialism on American soil than it does fixing our health care finance and delivery systems. The Obama health care bill undermines patient choice, personal responsibility, medical innovation and fiscal responsibility in America," Perry said in a prepared statement.

    No Republican joined House Democrats in voting for the bill. One Texas Democratic congressman, Rep. Chet Edwards of Waco, voted against it.

    Congressional Democrats from Texas who backed the legislation said in a joint statement: "This pivotal moment in our nation's history will deliver affordable, accessible health care coverage to all Americans, and this plan will take a stand against rising premiums in Texas which have doubled over the past decade."

    The Texas AFL-CIO hailed the bill's passage. The group's president, Becky Moeller, criticized Texas Republican leaders for "just sloganeering over 'states' rights."

    "And a leadership that would sue to stop health care reform at the drop of a hat might want to explain its priorities," she said in reference to Abbott's threatened lawsuit.

    The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the legislation would cut deficits by an estimated $138 billion over a decade. The legislation includes more than $400 billion in higher taxes over a decade and cuts more than $500 billion from planned payments to hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and other providers that treat Medicare patients.
  2. Just1More


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    Good luck with that. Obama has the courts in his pocket.

  3. hamster

    hamster NRA Life Member

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    Its a friggin' miracle... States finally are standing up to the feds, maybe Obama deserves a Nobel prize after all!


    I doubt that a federal court is going to come down on the side of states, but I can dream can't I?
  4. Stang_Man


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    What if she state .gov ran their own respective programs?

    Thus giving states the option to NOT participate if they want.

    We'd see the states that adopt Obama's plan go under, because they'd be bankrupt and all the industry would move to states who didn't have .gov run healthcare.

    This is all WAY too easy, though.
  5. Hailstorm

    Hailstorm Boom Shacka

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    Well, if the states have the option to opt out. Well, you will see a surge of working folks moving to those states. :wavey:

    I am willing to bet I would have to leave Michigan.

    To bad all the tea parties didnt work.....
  6. kahrcarrier

    kahrcarrier FAHRENHEIT

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    "The Texas AFL-CIO hailed the bill's pasasage."

    I thought the unions came out against the bill since it would place taxes on their lavish health insurance benefits.

    What did I miss out on?
  7. plasticgunz

    plasticgunz Swollen Member CLM

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    I would guess the change that removed those taxes...
  8. tous

    tous GET A ROPE!

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    Postponed them until 2018.
    Only regular folk with good health care coverage will be taxed into poverty.

    Mexico has a free, state-run health care system for many its citizens ... Texas MEDICAID. :fist:

    One more hippie socialist on the Supreme Court and there won't be states anymore ... just federal taxing districts.
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  9. dregotglock

    dregotglock CHL Instructor

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    I understand those that have had a hard run of luck and are on the system for a short stay... but for me to pay for those that are abusing the hell out of the system and will now have a greater opportunity to do so is criminal. Extended un-employment payouts - food stamps - medicare - medicaid and now this... ummmm oh and I do not get a bail out for 1 single bad investment decisions I have made.

    I pay enough for a family of 5 as it is - now I may end up getting hit AND not be able benefit from it.

    Why they did not just fix our current problems with medicaid/medicare is beyond me. Esp when this new "reform" is not a reform -The definition of "reform" is to make better by removing faults and defects - Websters. Instead we are now going to go into fairy land, and pull some fairy dust out of a fairies backside to offically levitate us out of the economic crap storm???

    I'm about to be better off getting fired - getting unemployment - getting food stamps and free medical.... anyone want me to hold a spot in line? lol