Archive for Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Statehouse Live: New AG Schmidt requests to join legal challenge of federal health law

January 12, 2011


— Attorney General Derek Schmidt today requested permission to join a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care law.

Schmidt, a Republican who was sworn into office Monday, has requested that the Florida attorney general's office file a motion in federal court to allow Kansas to join more than 20 other states in the lawsuit.

"This lawsuit is standing up for the rule of law and protecting the liberties guaranteed by our Constitution," Schmidt said.

"Our federal government is designed to be a government of limited enumerated powers, and we do not believe it has the power to order citizens into commerce so it can regulate their conduct under the Commerce Clause," he said.

The lawsuit challenges the new health reform law's requirement that people have health insurance. It was filed in federal court in Florida.

Supporters of the law say the insurance requirement is legal and necessary to ensure coverage and lower health care costs.


geekin_topekan 7 years, 2 months ago

Just itchin' for that Tuscon action here in Kansas?

What if he'd had access to mental health services. I am guessing the programs that were available had no resources to get the word out about their availability, only enough to keep the lights on. Oh well, the "I shouldn't have to pay for it" crowd should be happy. They let a 9yr old flip the bill for them.

ralphralph 7 years, 2 months ago

What makes you think he did not have access to mental health services? What he lacked was someone with the backbone to put him into those services. Mentally ill people, sort of by definition, are not in a good position to seek the services they need. The onus of pushing them toward the help falls on people like the community college administrators who did everything they could just to make him go away, with or without getting help. True, we've closed the "institutional" treatment facilities and failed to make up for them with accessible services "in the community" ... but that matters little when the people who are in the position to bring the patient and treatment together lack the guts and brains to do it.

friendlyjhawk 7 years, 2 months ago

Here comes the backlash from all those who scream "I'm not going to pay for it!". Palin's last speech was oh so kind and we didn't mean anything by it. So it is ok for them to be greedy, mean spirited, holier-then thou, and just downright evil and then to retreat into false rhetoric about the rest of us. Kansas and the nation deserve every lie and manipulation coming their way.

olddognewtrix 7 years, 2 months ago

The AG's action is the purest of politics. Where will the financing of the costs of his so called efforts come from? Kansas taxpayers don't need to finance a tilting at windmills. Maybe Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield willhave a few dollars to contribute now that its Indianapolis Colts aren't going anywhere

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 years, 2 months ago

I am with oldog. Just another doctrinaire Republican Terrorist who is grandstanding for the media. These idiots make me sick. What kind of law and order do we have with such pandering to political notions? Not much, I fear.

Clark Coan 7 years, 2 months ago

Okay, so he thinks the Federal government can't mandate citizens to perform some act. Well, it is: 1) required by law to complete and return a census form; 2) register for the draft if one is an 18-year-old male; and, 3) complete and return a tax return if one has income over a certain amount. I'm sure there are other mandates as well.

Richard Payton 7 years, 2 months ago

Many mandates exist but none force a citizen to buy a product. This I believe will be settled most likely by the United States Supreme Court.

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