The drama grows…
Health care bill has WA Gov. and Attorney Gen. at legal odds
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s Governor and Attorney General are squaring off over the newly approved health care reform bill.
Attorney General Rob McKenna says Washington will be one of at least ten states that will file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health care reform bill. But, Gov. Chris Gregoire says she “totally disagrees” with McKenna’s opinion and will fight it.
“The individual insurance mandate is unprecedented in American history in requiring the American people to go out and buy a product in the private market,” said McKenna.
Gregoire, a Democrat, supports the legislation and says she disagrees with the McKenna’s opinion.
“He did not call and consult me,” said Gregoire, “I don’t know who he represents. He does not represent me.”
McKenna said he does not need Gregoire’s “blessing” to file a lawsuit on behalf of the state.
“My role is to defend the State Constitution and the people of the state,” said McKenna, “That includes defending the state from inappropriate actions by the federal government.”
McKenna says the 10th Amendment protects states from being forced to follow federal laws that are not covered by the U.S. Constitution.
Right on, Rob!
As for Christine saying she doesn’t know who McKenna represents, that’s exactly how so many Washingtonians feel about her. Hence her 31% approval rating, an all-time low since she’s been in office.
(HT: It’s Only Words)