Maine Republicans ask AG to join health care lawsuit

AUGUSTA – Republican state lawmakers want Maine Attorney General Janet Mills to join a multistate lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the new federal health care law.

State Rep. Andre Cushing, R-Hampden, who is leading the effort, said he thinks the mandate included in the law, which would require people to buy health insurance beginning in 2014, is unconstitutional.

“Congress has no authority to order you to buy a product or service you don’t want,” he said in a statement Wednesday. All Maine House Republicans had signed on in support of the joint resolution filed by Cushing, with the exception of the two members of leadership who had not been asked, according to the release.

For the measure to be considered by the full Legislature, it would need approval of the 10-member Legislative Council. The council, composed of House and Senate leaders from both parties, has six Democrats and four Republicans.

Kate Simmons, a spokeswoman for Mills, who is a Democrat, told the Bangor Daily News on Tuesday that Maine would not join the lawsuit being pursued by 13 other states because Mills does not believe there is a constitutional basis for it.

Simmons told the Bangor Daily News that Mills looked at the complaints of the other states and decided they were “creative but not well-founded.”

Of the attorneys general pursuing the lawsuit, all but one are Republicans. The Democrat, James Caldwell of Louisiana, joined the suit because he was asked to by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, he told The Associated Press. Of the Republicans, three are running for governor, one for U.S. Senate and at least four are running for re-election.

The Legislative Council is scheduled to meet Thursday.

rmetzler@sunjournal.com

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JONATHAN ALBRECHT's picture

silly arguments

Not only are these lawsuits frivolous and their arguments are unconstitutional. Being forced to buy insurance has been tested in the courts before and found constitutional.

"....there would have been overwhelming bi-partisan support." No. The Republicans decided long before the health care debate in congress to destroy the Obama administration by every means at their disposal. Killing the Health Care bill was in their warped little minds the same as killing the administration. Well they lost in November and they lost in March.

They challenged the reconciliation bill last night and got two meaningless provisions removed requiring a new vote in the house. Smart move. Not really, because now the Senate can make any change they want in the reconciliation bill that is budget related. They can add a public option. They can extend Medicare to everyone. And only need 50 votes. 

Please Republicans run on repealing health care for disabled children. Pretty Please. Or your motto - Don't get sick; if you do die quickly.

Even the unsavory deals were specific fixes for specific problems where more Federal dollars should have been available a long time ago or will help make sick people well. The worst in the bill is better than anything the Republicans proposed.

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“creative but not well-founded.”

They're trying to earn their Teabagger credentials.

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NO, NO, NO

We, in the State of Maine, do not support this kind of action.  Sorry, Republicans, but if you want what the national Republicans want, you should move to one of those states.

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we will have to wait and see

I guess we will have to wait and see what he does when he gets sick

Good for you..I agree 100%

Good for you..I agree 100%

And you read the whole bill

And you read the whole bill and understand everything there is to know about it?  When President Obama set out to revamp this system , he had first hand knowledge from his mother how these crooks in the insurance business work because of the difficulties she had with them.  Insurance companies are all too happy to take your money, as long as they don't have to dish out too much on the care of an individual, but let them come down with something serious and they are ready to drop you like a hot potato!! 

Steve Bannister's picture

Speaking of morons.....

Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid are UNIVERSAL entitlements, meaning, all who pay in have access. This bill is not universal. Of the many who pay in, only few have access. The majority who access it are not paying into the program. This is "affordable" healthcare. The government mandates all Americans purchase a good or service or face a penalty. That is just like SS and/or Medicare and Medicaid? I know well before hand that when I retire, if it is still there, and I do not take my monies accumulated in Social Security I will have to pay a fine to the federal government that will increase over time. That is the identical program we are arguing about! Sorry fellas I lost me train of thought there for a minute.

Still waiting for either SSDD, Tron or anyone to explain to me how we support a program, any program that is payed into for 10 years and provides only 6 years of benefits. Once again my automobile loan analogy; I  purchase a vehicle and take a loan with a ten year term, however, I cannot take possession of, or drive my new vehicle until I have made four years of payments. At least in this scenario I know where my money is going. Can either of you or anyone for that matter, explain where our money is going for the next four years and how this exceptable practice? I pay 15% of my employer provided healthcare, State funded Dirigo Health and now Obamacare. Obama ran on hope and change. it should be "Change, That's all you'll have left, when Obama's done"

Republicans frugal,Yea right!!!

Republicans want all your money, or any program that will make them rich...they don't care about the little people and never did...bottom line for them is the profits they can make off of a business..whether it be insurance companies, shipbuilding , oil , pharmacuticals,you name it...as long as they are getting rich, piss on the rest of us..

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