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Sore Loser Oklahoma Lawmaker Lashes Out At SCOTUS With Unconstitutional Bill To Nullify Obamacare

ProudProgressive 2012/07/10 12:38:24

At times it's impossible to escape the conclusion that there is not a single Right Winger in America who has ever read the United States Constitution. Last week another Republican legislator gave a demonstration of ignorance in the ongoing desperate attempt by the Right to destroy one of the most beneficial and sweeping pieces of legislation Congress has ever passed, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Is it the very idea of helping poor people stay alive that is so abhorrent to the Right Wing, or is it simply another example of handing the keys to Fort Knox to the 1%? Or a little of both?

One would think that the Right Wing would at least pay attention to their own attempts to rewrite American history. Despite the fact that the Civil War was started by the Confederacy to fight for their "right" to own other human beings, conservatives of late have been working overtime to try to deny that the war had anything to do with slavery. They argue instead that it was all about "states rights". But if that is so, then you would think they would at least realize that THEY LOST THAT ARGUMENT. If the Civil War was about states rights, then that means that the result is a confirmation of the Constitutional provisions that prevent a state from attempting to nullify Federal laws.

Give it up, Right Wing. The good guys won this round. Move on.

Article excerpt follows:

Sore Loser Oklahoma Lawmaker Lashes Out At SCOTUS With Unconstitutional Bill To Nullify Obamacare
By Ian Millhiser
Jul 6, 2012

In 2010, conservatives tried to block the Affordable Care Act in Congress. They lost, and President Obama signed the landmark legislation into law.

Rather than respect the legitimate act of a democratically elected legislature, health reform’s opponents responded by immediately asking the courts to invalidate what the American people’s representatives brought into being. They lost again — although by a depressingly narrow margin considering how absurd their legal arguments were.

Now that that attempt to subvert democracy has failed, an Oklahoma lawmaker relaunched an even more constitutionally challenged attack on the law:

State Rep. Mike Ritze said Tuesday he plans to reintroduce a bill to “nullify” the individual mandate in the 2010 federal health care legislation in Oklahoma.

“I disagree with the Supreme Court’s ruling and believe that state governments were intended to serve as a check on the federal government,” said Ritze, R-Broken Arrow. “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is better known as ObamaCare, is an example of federal overreach and my legislation will authorize the state to resist it and ban the enforcement of it.”

Of course, Ritze’s bill violates the express language of the Constitutional, which states that Acts of Congress “shall be the supreme law of the land . . . anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.” Yet, while his tactic is clearly unconstitutional, it is not unprecedented. In the 1950s, when Jim Crow lawmakers objected to the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, they too claimed the power to simply decree that the Court was wrong and act like they can do whatever they choose.


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  • Idiot repubs 2012/07/10 20:57:31
    Idiot repubs
    Stupid losers Republicans are going to make themselves a small regional racist political party sooner rather than later.
  • mich52 2012/07/10 13:42:55
  • Rebel Yell 2012/07/10 13:42:31
    Rebel Yell
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    The Party of God has decided which laws of the land they will enforce. Doesn't matter what the Supreme Court decided.

    Here ( Texas) Rick Perry has been trying to get rid of Medicaid for years. He refuses to set up the exchanges and expand Medicaid although it will bring billions to the state because the federal gov. pays 100% for the first three years and the state is capped at 10% after that. It makes no sense whatsoever to deny this coverage.

    Doctors here ( Houston Medical Center) have warned that millions more will seek uncompensated care ( ERs) that will push that cost off on those with private insurance. The insured in the USA now pay about $ 300 per year in hidden fees for the many uinsured . That dollar amount will soar.

    That is way beyond Perry' s comprehension. Off all the states, Texas is currently second to last in delivering health care. One in four is uninsured. There have been times when San Antonio, Houston, Dallas hospitals have put their ERs on "drive by" status because they simply could not handle any more patients. Ambulance drivers hope the next hospital will allow entrance.

    Here is the good part. When asked what he plans to do about even more sick and uninsured, Rick gives his same answer for just about anything... "We'll figure somethin...
    The Party of God has decided which laws of the land they will enforce. Doesn't matter what the Supreme Court decided.

    Here ( Texas) Rick Perry has been trying to get rid of Medicaid for years. He refuses to set up the exchanges and expand Medicaid although it will bring billions to the state because the federal gov. pays 100% for the first three years and the state is capped at 10% after that. It makes no sense whatsoever to deny this coverage.

    Doctors here ( Houston Medical Center) have warned that millions more will seek uncompensated care ( ERs) that will push that cost off on those with private insurance. The insured in the USA now pay about $ 300 per year in hidden fees for the many uinsured . That dollar amount will soar.

    That is way beyond Perry' s comprehension. Off all the states, Texas is currently second to last in delivering health care. One in four is uninsured. There have been times when San Antonio, Houston, Dallas hospitals have put their ERs on "drive by" status because they simply could not handle any more patients. Ambulance drivers hope the next hospital will allow entrance.

    Here is the good part. When asked what he plans to do about even more sick and uninsured, Rick gives his same answer for just about anything... "We'll figure something out." 18,000 teachers lost their jobs and schools are overcrowded and underfunded.
    " We'll figure something out". The grid failed in the drought last summer. " We'll figure something out."
    (more)
  • Samantha 2012/07/10 13:33:01
    Samantha
    +3
    Conservatives are becoming more and more extremist everyday.
  • Che Guevara - Hero 2012/07/10 12:42:47

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