Regardless of whether a so-called populist backlash exists, Simon Lazarus, public policy counsel for the National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) and author of an ACS Issue Brief on the constitutionality of the health care provision, told Stone the vote on Proposition C was likely to be quickly forgotten.
A string of lawsuits are already lodged against the health care reform law. A a federal judge, earlier this week, allowed the one out of Virginia to proceed. The federal courts are likely to determine the constitutionality of the health care reform law before 2014.
Lazarus said, "If federal courts decide it is unconstitutional, then laws like this one will be superfluous. It has no legal consequences. It's symbolic."
Lazarus, noting that the vote occurred during a Republican-dominated election, added that the vote was akin to a "straw poll of Republicans."
For more on the constitutionality of the health care reform law and the state lawsuits against it, watch an ACSblog interview with Lazarus. Also see a recent guest post from Lazarus and NSCLC Staff Attorney Sergio Munoz on the ruling by the federal judge in the Virginia lawsuit.