New Republican Governors, Attorneys General Vow Opposition to Health Care Law

November 4, 2010
Republican gains in governorships following this week's midterm elections means additional states will join efforts to topple President Obama's landmark health care reform law, according to CQ HealthBeat News.

Republican governors and attorneys general elected in five states - Wisconsin, Ohio, Oklahoma, Kansas and Wyoming - "have vowed to lend their support to a health care lawsuit filed in U.S. district court in Florida," CQ reports.

The article notes that along with Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, state Attorney General Richard Cordray was cast out by voters. Cordray had refused to join legal action against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), saying such challenges were legally suspect and a waste of scarce public resources. In a column for The Plain Dealer, Cordray said Congress did not exceed its constitutional powers in passing the law. "I do not believe in wasting taxpayer dollars to pursue political agendas through symbolic lawsuits," he wrote. Many constitutional law experts concurred that the lawsuits are on wobbly legal grounds.

New congressional members are also vowing increased opposition to the law.

Republican lawmakers, such as Rep. John Boehner, likely the Republican speaker of the House and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have reiterated their desire to pass legislation repealing the health care reform law. N.C. Aizenman in a piece for The Washington Post writes that chances of repealing the health care reform law "are slim to nil at least through 2012."

The article continues, "While the Republicans have regained control of the House, they will remain the minority in the Senate. So it's unlikely Congress could even pass a repeal bill. But even if that were to change, as long as President Obama remains in office it's a safe bet he would veto such a measure."