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Half of All States Now Suing to Stop Obamacare
Posted By Conn Carroll On January 12, 2011 @ 2:00 pm In Health Care,Rule of Law | 71 Comments
If it is allowed to be implemented, Obamacare will eventually do deep and irreparable harm to our nation’s budget deficit . But while Obamacare is more of a long-term threat to fiscal health at the federal level, it is a clear and present danger  to the states. Of the 34 million Americans who gain health insurance through Obamacare, over half  (18 million) will receive it through Medicaid.
While Obamacare will pay for all of the benefit expansion for the first three years of the law, and 90% of it after that, Obamacare never pays for any of the state administrative costs for adding those 18 million Americans  to their welfare rolls. That amounts to billions  in unfunded federal mandates for states to absorb. That is why 33 Republican governors signed a letter  to the White House and Congress making an emphatic appeal that Obamacare’s Medicaid provisions be repealed.
It is also why the newly elected governors of Ohio, Oklahoma, Maine, and Wisconsin have all decided to sue the Obama administration in hopes of stopping Obamacare. Specifically, Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma has announced  that the Sooner State will pursue its own case against the law, while Govs. John Kasich (R) and Scott Walker (R) (of Ohio  and Wisconsin  respectively) will add their states to Florida’s multi-state suit. And yesterday, newly sworn-in state Attorney General William Schneider announced  Maine would also join the the Florida litigation. That brings the number of states on the Florida suit to 23 and the total number of states suing to stop Obamacare (which includes Virginia and Oklahoma) to 25.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.foundry.org/wp-content/uploads/Obamacare-medicaid.jpg
 Obamacare will eventually do deep and irreparable harm to our nation’s budget deficit: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/06/ObamaCare-Impact-on-Future-Generations
 clear and present danger: http://www.foundry.org/2010/09/13/medicaid-may-bust-state-budgets-next-year/
 over half: http://blog.heritage.org../2010/05/03/more-inconvenient-obamacare-truths/
 18 million Americans: http://www.foundry.org/2010/05/03/more-inconvenient-obamacare-truths/
 billions: http://blog.heritage.org../2010/09/13/medicaid-may-bust-state-budgets-next-year/
 letter: http://www.rga.org/homepage/gop-governors-ask-feds-to-ease-healthcare-mandates
 announced: http://www.healthcarelawsuits.org/blog/detail.php?c=2390605&t=Oklahoma-to-File-its-own-Suit
 Ohio: http://www.healthcarelawsuits.org/blog/detail.php?c=2390651&t=Ohio-to-Join-Multi-State-Suit
 Wisconsin: http://www.healthcarelawsuits.org/blog/detail.php?c=2390566&t=Wisconsin-Joins-Florida-Suit
 announced: http://www.sunjournal.com/state/story/969440
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