Is Mandated Health Care a State's Rights Issue?

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) is applauded after signing the Affordable Health Care for America Act during a ceremony with fellow Democrats in the East Room of the White House (Getty Images)

Attorneys general from 16 states are challenging the health care legislation that was signed into law by President Obama last month. They're contesting the constitutionality of the law.

The lawsuit brings into question whether the federal government has the power to mandate that people purchase health insurance, arguing that individual states should handle legislation related to health care. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers is one of the attorneys general behind the suit; he says that this fight is the last stand for federalism.

Guests:

John Suthers

Produced by:

Collin Campbell and Jen Poyant

Comments [2]

Katia

How am I any more free if it's a state gov't forcing me to buy something than if it's the federal gov't? The STATES might be more free, but the PEOPLE aren't.

My state already forces me to buy, say, car insurance. Nobody freaks out about THAT.

Also, John Suthers has it wrong with his analogy. It's not like the gov't forcing you to buy a CERTAIN car. It might be like them saying yes, you have to buy a car, but they don't specify which. Health care bill is the same. I have not heard anything saying that people would be required to purchase insurance from a specific insurance company; they merely say you must buy it.

Apr. 07 2010 09:09 AM
jaymo lobo from Oella, Maryland

I hope the crazy tea-baggers win so we can get the single-payer system that will actually take proper care of us. Profit motivation doesn't belong in the basic maintenance and restoration of people's health.

Apr. 07 2010 07:44 AM

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