“Creative but not well-founded,” were the words our state Attorney General Janet Mills (Democrat) used to offhandedly dismiss supporters of the now 15-state effort to repeal the new health care bill.
While Mills may disagree with opposing arguments, she represents and is paid by all Maine residents and should issue a formal legal brief on the matter so that her arguments can be judged by all the people she represents.
Our two U.S. senators voted against the new law because of their entire constituency, Republicans, Democrats and independents.
The six (Democrats) to four (Republicans) refusal of Maine’s Legislative Council to let the full Legislature consider the resolution speaks volumes of the continued party split over this divisive issue.
All Maine House Republicans signed this request and a full and open debate with Democrats should take place. This issue is still in play at least until the November election and then, of course, the 2012 election. Polls still show a minimum of 60 percent of voters are against this new law and want the repeal effort to continue.
The Constitution and Bill of Rights are creative documents and must be interpreted by the Supreme Court when disputed matters of this nature occur. Even that body meticulously explores both sides of an issue before determining the preponderance of merit. We should expect no less of our esteemed attorney general and no less from our Legislative Council.
Cathy Bergeron, Auburn