Republicans are already looking ahead to what happens if health care reform passes this weekend. The GOP, as the MSNBC First Read team notes, "has an interesting task ahead of them: keep the
issue in the news for the long haul (at least until November),
especially since so little of this health-care plan goes into effect
Whether or not the plots to circumvent and nullify the bill are mere theater, there are plenty of plans already being hatched. Most hinge on Democratic attempts to pass
the bill through iffy procedures like the so-called Slaughter Rule.
Rep. Michelle Bachmann is telling her supporters they shouldn't follow
an illegitimate law, while the National Review's John Hood is calling for non-compliance and a possible lawsuit. Mark Levin, a lawyer as well as a radio jockey, is one step ahead, having drafted up the suit with the help of the Landmark Legal Foundation. A few state governments are hinting at their own legal challenges. Then there are bloggers crying for a whole
array of possible actions. Here's the run-down:
Legitimate, Repeal, If Illegitimate, Disobey "If they pass the bill
legitimately, then yes, we have to follow the law--until we repeal
it," Michelle Bachmann
tells a crowd of supporters (video below). "But if they pass it
illegitimately, then the bill is illegitimate, and we don't have to lay
down for this ... We are not helpless, there are things that we can do."
'I Will Not Comply,' declares the National Review's John Hood at the Carolina Journal. "I'm
not going to pretend to obey any dictates from federal health-care
bureaucrats that have never been authorized by a constitutional vote of
both houses of Congress ... If the government tries to make me comply, I'll sue. And I'll win." Urged on by National Review readers, he's started a Facebook group around the idea.
Huh? But Hood's National Review colleague Ramesh Ponnuru is confused (as are others):
"What does that mean, John? Are you going to refuse to buy insurance?
Set up your own insurance company and sell non-compliant policies? Not
pay your taxes?"
The Lawsuit's All Ready to GoMark Levin
lists himself and the Landmark Legal Foundation as plaintiffs, and
Barack Obama, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Attorney General
Eric Holder, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen
Sibelius as defendants. Levin makes it clear on his show that he thinks passing this bill would violate the Constitution, and that it is his civic duty to file this suit.
'Game On' At conservative blog hub RedState, hogan sums up all the possible options for thwarting Democrats in a single breathless paragraph:
fight in the Senate. We get our states to pass laws contrary to this
unconstitutional intrusion by the national government (see: 30 states
have taken or are taking action… do more). We sue--and sue in multiple
places for multiple reasons (see, e.g. Levin above, VA AG Ken Cucinelli
preparing to sue, and numerous other states as well). We crush
democrats in the fall (give money to conservative candidates like Marco
Rubio, Mike Lee in Utah over establishmentarian and pro-government
healthcare Bob Bennett), we repeal it (see: www.repealit.org)– and most
of all, we all simply say, "hell no."
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