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It's anybody's guess whether a comprehensive health reform bill will pass this weekend. As of this morning, Speaker Pelosi still does not have the magic number of 216 votes. While I can't see the health reform bill failing at this juncture......I can't dismiss the possibility that it will.
Assuming the health care reform bill passes......let's look at what anti-health-insurance-for-all-Americans Republicans will be doing to counter it's passage.
Idaho is leading the charge in a states-rights push to defeat a proposal in Congress that would require people to buy health insurance, a key piece of reforms being pushed by President Barack Obama.
Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter used a ceremony Wednesday afternoon to become the first governor to sign into law a measure requiring the state attorney general to sue the federal government over any such insurance mandates.
Who cares about the sparsely populated state of Idaho...right? Simply a one-off state...right?
There's similar legislation pending in 37 other states.
Last week, Virginia legislators passed a measure similar to Idaho's new law, but Otter was the first state chief executive to sign such a bill,....
But can states stop federal legislation from being enacted inside their individual state borders? Well....no....but just like with the "death panels", tax money for abortions, and the "massive" federal takeover of all things in our solar system......nothing has to be true for duplicitous conservatives and Republicans to claim that it is.
David Freeman Engstrom, a constitutional law expert at Stanford University Law School, said all these measures face significant legal hurdles. Freeman said there is the question of whether a state has standing to bring the lawsuit, or if that role is better served by an individual who could show they were harmed by the mandate to buy health insurance.
Idaho's law faces an even bigger challenge, he said, by setting up a direct conflict with the supremacy clause in the U.S. Constitution.
"That language is clear that federal law is supreme over state law," said Freeman. "So it really doesn't matter what a state legislature says on this."
What's the 'supremacy clause' say?
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
Also, from the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, we have this...
"No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States."
What happened when states refused to obey the Supreme Court decision, Brown versus Board of Education?
During the 1957–1958 school year, nine African American teenagers, backed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (est.1909), integrated into Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. White hostility, and Governor Orval Faubus's refusal to ensure state protection of the "Little Rock Nine," compelled President Dwight Eisenhower to deploy federal troops to keep order and safeguard the students.
Does the Idaho governor and the Virginia Attorney General and the 37 state legislatures not know about American laws and history?
Of course they do. After all, these would-be national health care deniers may seem stupid...but they're not dumb.
Then why all the hysteria about nullifying federal health care legislation?
The Reverend explains....
Republicans, having turned their backs on blacks, Latinos, women, and working families over these last many decades, are on their way out of America's history door. Whether, in the end, the GOP reforms itself, is still an open ended question. But right now, other than very rich folks, the only constituents being represented by today's GOP are disgruntled, victim-mentalitied, white exclusionists.
In a pitiful display of failure, Idaho Republican governors and opportunistic Virginia Attorney Generals are falsely telling any disgruntled white constituents that they can, and will, by god,.....stop this national health care reform.....even though they know that they can't, and won't.
Because these disgruntled, victim-mentalitied, white exclusionists want to believe that ObamaCare can be stopped.....Republican politicians are, knowingly, telling these constituents what they want to hear, even if what they're saying and doing is replete with lies and false hopes. Just like Fox does to maintain viewer numbers....Republican politicians are telling those dead-ender, 'victim', voters just enough lies to get them through the day.
Conservatives who are waiting for health care legislation, once passed, to be nullified by Great GOP Patriots throughout the states......are going to be sadly disappointed.
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