Senate votes to join suit to block health care reform

Monday, April 12, 2010 at 7:42pm

Without debate, the Tennessee Senate voted 21-7 Monday night to urge the state attorney general to join 16 other states in a lawsuit seeking to block national health care reform.

The states already suing charge that the law exceeds Congress’ powers to regulate commerce, violates 10th Amendment protections of state sovereignty, and imposes an unconstitutional direct tax.

Attorney General Bob Cooper is reviewing whether to join that lawsuit, according to his spokeswoman, Sharon Curtis-Flair.

Cooper has issued an advisory opinion on state legislation that purports to nullify the national law. That bill, the so-called Health Freedom Act, likely would be ruled a violation of the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, which holds that federal law supersedes those of the states, Cooper said in his opinion.

If Cooper refuses to join the other states’ lawsuit, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has said he might ask the legislature to hire a special counsel to act.

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11 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 4/12/10 at 6:45

Good for them. You should have named the 7 that voted against it.

By: Kosh III on 4/13/10 at 6:44

Yeah, who are the 21 who are pro-death and disease?

By: pswindle on 4/13/10 at 8:16

Why? Our current system in healthcare is broken, and why not try to fix it. If this is the best that the GOP can do, we are in big trouble in TN. Why is it always a white man that tells us what we can do with our bodies?

By: vechester on 4/13/10 at 8:25

Why is it that liberals have this fixation on a person's color???

Hey swindle and Kosh - my health care is not broken, it works just fine. Broken is just code speak when liberals want to take over yet another part of the private US economy.

Here's some code speak for you - leave my FREAKIN' health care alone!!!! It's really is none of yours or the government's business!!!!

By: idgaf on 4/13/10 at 8:46

They have no argument so they play the race card.

By: vechester on 4/13/10 at 8:51

So true, or they just accuse you of hate speech.

By: miscueiam@hotma... on 4/13/10 at 9:18


So reassuring to know there are seven sane people in the legislature.
Who are they? They deserve medals.

By: trtay2004 on 4/13/10 at 9:38

I'm one of the people that is about to max out on my lifetime amount with my current insurance. I feel trapped to stay at my job because my condition will be considered preexisting. With insurance I still spent almost 25% of my salary on medical. So for all you people that like their insurance (which means it's the ones that don't use it) then try to think of others like me that NEED it to live. Healthcare reform is extremely overdue and I hate the Republicans have turned this into politics instead of bettering our country.

By: Kosh III on 4/13/10 at 10:01


Your health care may not be broken but it is for millions of citizens.

? Is this the typical Republican attitude: I've got mine---frak you.

By: vechester on 4/13/10 at 10:10

Trtay, keep in mind that the Fed Gov (MediCare, Medicaid, SCHIP)is the largest insurance provider in the world. They refuse treatment to many more than private insurance companies will ever do. Obama is the one who politicized this. A growing number of people in this country never wanted such a behemoth as gov health care. Depending on your age and your income, you may not qualify for any of the above mentioned gov services.

Hey, Obama may just want you to take a pain pill and deal with it. He said as much in one of his many road shows. Trust me, the gov will not be your best medical advocate!

By: Dragon on 4/13/10 at 12:12

It's amazing the number of people who would throw the constitution in the trash can just so they can force other people to pay for their medical bills.