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Ky. lawmakers join challenge to health care reform
Lexington Herald Leader ^ | 2/12/2012 | Roger Alford

Posted on 02/12/2012 11:04:49 AM PST by Republican Wildcat

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Nearly all of Kentucky's state-level Republican lawmakers have signed a legal brief in support of a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

"We're tired of sitting out on the sidelines when something of this importance is being deliberated," said Rep. Tim Moore, R-Elizabethtown. "We're now making it clear where we stand, that we want that law undone because it's unconstitutional."

More than 300 lawmakers from 17 states, including nearly 60 from Kentucky, have signed a friend-of-the-court brief that an attorney for the libertarian Cato Institute will file Monday with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Justices announced late last year that they will hear arguments from lawyers in late March on the constitutionality of four provisions, including one that requires people to buy health insurance starting in 2014 or pay a penalty. That's the provision the state lawmakers are weighing in on.

The lawmakers contend that Congress violated the Constitution's commerce clause by compelling people to purchase insurance. Congress, they say, has no right to force people to engage in commerce.

The 2010 health care reform law aims to extend insurance coverage to more than 30 million Americans through measures that include expanding Medicaid and requiring individuals to buy health insurance.

Sen. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington, said the Republican lawmakers could be striking a blow at a health care law that benefits many in Kentucky, including families who now can keep their children on their workplace insurance plans until they reach 26 years old.

"It kind of makes me crazy when Kentucky legislators in particular rail against the federal government and what it does," Stein said. "Don't they recognize that we're not a donor state to the federal government? We receive. We get lots of money back, more than the taxes we send in. And until folks realize that, I don't believe we can have an intelligent debate about it."

Republicans at the national and state levels have long criticized the health care overhaul, officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as being unconstitutional.

Last year in Kentucky, GOP candidates for governor, attorney general and other state-level offices made the health care reforms the centerpiece in their campaigns. They repeatedly called for Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway to join in the legal fight against the health care reforms. Both refused, saying there's no need to waste the state's financial resources on a legal battle that's already being fought.

State Rep. Ben Waide, R-Madisonville, said he's convinced that the reforms put the nation's health care system at risk.

"This is why I ran for office," said Waide.

As of Friday, 23 state senators from Kentucky, all Republicans except for independent Bob Leeper of Paducah, had signed onto the brief, as had 35 state representatives.

"It's all about the Constitution, which was written to describe the responsibilities of government and to limit them," said state Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown, another of the signatories. "It's really critical that this is defeated at the Supreme Court and now, because without that, there is no limit to what the Congress can do."

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2012/02/12/2065731/ky-lawmakers-join-challenge-to.html#storylink=cpy


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: obamacare; socializedmedicine

1 posted on 02/12/2012 11:04:55 AM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

Very good! It’s about time!


2 posted on 02/12/2012 11:59:00 AM PST by ChoobacKY
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To: Republican Wildcat

Sen. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington, “We receive. We get lots of money back, more than the taxes we send in. And until folks realize that, I don’t believe we can have an intelligent debate about it.”

Hmm, what did Bastiat have to say regarding, “When plunder becomes accepted and legal . . . ?”


3 posted on 02/12/2012 12:02:27 PM PST by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: Jacquerie

Stated differently:

We lose freedom. We lose much more freedom than the people should ever consent to give government. Until folks realize that I am incapable of participating in an intelligent debate about it. Yours truly, Sen. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington.


4 posted on 02/12/2012 12:18:45 PM PST by FerociousRabbit
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To: FerociousRabbit

Someone please tell the democratic Senator in Lexington that my freedom is NOT for sale! Certainly not for sell to some Federal masters in Washington D.C!


5 posted on 02/12/2012 1:52:08 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: skinkinthegrass

rep stein of lexington obviously needs her STD meds paid for with OPM...


6 posted on 02/12/2012 2:39:05 PM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: skinkinthegrass

rep stein of lexington obviously needs her STD meds paid for with OPM...


7 posted on 02/12/2012 2:39:17 PM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: skinkinthegrass

rep stein of lexington obviously needs her STD meds paid for with OPM...


8 posted on 02/12/2012 2:39:23 PM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: skinkinthegrass

rep stein of lexington obviously needs her STD meds paid for with OPM...


9 posted on 02/12/2012 2:39:30 PM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: skinkinthegrass

rep stein of lexington obviously needs her STD meds paid for with OPM...


10 posted on 02/12/2012 2:39:34 PM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: skinkinthegrass

rep stein of lexington obviously needs her STD meds paid for with OPM...


11 posted on 02/12/2012 2:39:37 PM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: skinkinthegrass

rep stein of lexington obviously needs her STD meds paid for with OPM...


12 posted on 02/12/2012 2:39:40 PM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: skinkinthegrass

rep stein of lexington obviously needs her STD meds paid for with OPM...


13 posted on 02/12/2012 2:39:44 PM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: skinkinthegrass

rep stein of lexington obviously needs her STD meds paid for with OPM...


14 posted on 02/12/2012 2:39:53 PM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: skinkinthegrass

rep stein of lexington obviously needs her STD meds paid for with OPM...


15 posted on 02/12/2012 2:40:01 PM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: Gilbo_3

What about the rep stein of Lexington?


16 posted on 02/12/2012 2:41:31 PM PST by deport (..............God Bless Texas............)
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To: ChoobacKY

Indeed, welcome to the party KY!! Family there have been calling and visiting Moore’s and McConnells offices for months on end about this.


17 posted on 02/12/2012 4:21:14 PM PST by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Gilbo_3
d@rn sticky mice...they're [Stein & Pelosi] addicted to the federal $ow .......suckin' it dry.

18 posted on 02/12/2012 5:23:37 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Kill the terrorists, Protect (all) the borders, ridicule all the (remaining) Liberals :^)
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To: gidget7
unfortunely; Sen. Min. Leader McConnell (Establishment-KY), Is a "lost" cause.
He has already boasted, he has enough $$$$ for re-election & he hates the TEA party. :<\

19 posted on 02/12/2012 5:36:02 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Kill the terrorists, Protect (all) the borders, ridicule all the (remaining) Liberals :^)
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To: deport
she may have been out-districted; like the Fla. GOP did to LCol. WEST to his district.

20 posted on 02/12/2012 5:42:31 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Kill the terrorists, Protect (all) the borders, ridicule all the (remaining) Liberals :^)
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To: Republican Wildcat

If someone is a “child” at 26 years of age, they should not be responsible enough to vote, take out a loan to buy a house, drink, a whole list of other things “children” should not do. I can see 23 for school, even though you can buy cheap insurance through the college. But, these “children” are staying on parent’s plan and the corporations have to continue to pay for them, as offered. Even if they have never gone to college and are out working. When do we say our “children” become adults. Lousy excuse to keep obamacare.


21 posted on 02/12/2012 6:36:11 PM PST by I_be_tc
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To: Monorprise

Her argument was completely irrelevant - what she said has nothing to do with whether or not Obamacare is Constitutional.


22 posted on 02/12/2012 6:38:13 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: skinkinthegrass

The judge declared that unconstitutional so she has her district back...so she will probably be sticking around.

The GOP in Florida did not outdistrict West - the existing district had to be redrawn the way it was due to the Amendment 6 that was passed - the GOP in Florida opposed that amendment and filed a lawsuit after it passed in Federal court to have it declared invalid but they lost the suit. A new district was drawn that was open and more favorable to West that he is now running in.


23 posted on 02/12/2012 6:41:26 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: I_be_tc

Especially since many insurance plans will in fact continue to cover them voluntarily if they remain a full time student - no federal mandate was needed and that provision is the least of the problems with the bill - she thinks that’s good - fine - that doesn’t make the other things in the bill constitutional or practical. Her argument is irrelevant.


24 posted on 02/12/2012 6:43:35 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: IMissPresidentReagan; CourtneyLeigh; Just Kimberly; Knuckrider; MBohman; republicanbob1; jcwky; ...
so she will probably be sticking around...
A new district was drawn that was open and
more favorable
to West that he is now running in.

pain & joy....
Thanks; for the updates., RW. :D

A Kentucky Ping.

...for those interested.


25 posted on 02/12/2012 7:08:53 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Kill the terrorists, Protect (all) the borders, ridicule all the (remaining) Liberals :^)
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To: skinkinthegrass

sorry bout the multi ping...FR was actin goofy this afternoon...


26 posted on 02/12/2012 7:14:58 PM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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