Republicans to challenge health care reform bill in US SC

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 14:34

Washington: With US President Barack Obama
set to sign into law the landmark health care reform bill, the opposition Republican party today announced it would move the Supreme Court against the legislation approved by Congress.

The Republicans, who failed miserably from preventing the
Democrats to get the bill passed in the House of
Representatives on Sunday night with the required 216 votes,
said they would challenge the legislation constitutionally in
the Supreme Court and demanded that it be repealed.

The bill carries a price-tag of USD 940 billion in 10
years and would ban insurance companies from practices like
denying coverage for pre-existing illness, dropping people
from coverage when they get sick or capping life time
coverage.

Undeterred by the Republican response, a jubilant White
House announced that Obama would be signing the bill into law
shortly.

White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, said he did
not expect the Republican lawsuit to succeed. "My sense is
that a lot of big pieces of legislation are challenged in some
ways," he said.

"I think that for many decades, the Supreme Court has
recognised Congress` authority under the Commerce Clause to
regulate activities relating to inter-state commerce," Gibbs
said.

Florida`s Bill McCollum, the Republican Attorney General,
announced at a news conference that the lawsuit would be filed
once Obama signs the health care bill into law.

He said he will be joined by his counterparts from the
Republican states of Alabama, Nebraska, North Dakota,
Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and
Washington.

The health care bill "infringes on each state`s
sovereignty," said McCollum.

Further, Virginia`s Republican Attorney General said his
state too would file a lawsuit challenging the health care
bill.

"This bill is terribly wrong for America, and I call on
you to join with me to challenge this bill in every way we
can," said a fund-raising letter from Senator John McCain, who
also said that Democrats should not expect much cooperation
from Republicans the rest of this year.

McCain and another Republican senator decried the effect
health reform legislation has had on the Senate, a day after
the House passed the upper chamber`s bill.

"There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year,"
McCain said during an interview to an Arizona radio affiliate.

"They have poisoned the well in what they`ve done and how
they`ve done it."

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 14:34

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