Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Zoeller Lawsuit Would Cost Double
Indiana's Attorney General is currently considering filing a lawsuit (no doubt at Mitch Daniels request) against the United States following the passage of the health care reform package and the reconciliation bill. The State of Indiana has spent millions of taxpayer dollars fighting the Obama Administration, and it's rather transparent where it's coming from.
Last year, following Chrysler declaring bankruptcy, Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock sued to try to get the Chrysler bankruptcy halted. Eventually, the bankruptcy went through, but Mourdock's failed attempt to play a political game cost the state millions in legal fees.
This time, it's Greg Zoeller who is considering suing the Feds over the health care bill. At press time, Zoeller has only said he's considering filing suit over the constitutionality of the bill and how it makes it compulsory for those who can afford it to buy health insurance. Now, 10th Amendment advocates will tell you that there is a difference, but this would seem to be a high hurdle to climb to me since it's actually a requirement in Indiana to buy car insurance to drive. It would be an easy argument for the feds to make, and since we require insurance to drive a car, then why should it not be a requirement to buy health insurance? After all, we all pay when someone who doesn't have health insurance cannot or will not pay. If you can afford it, it's irresponsible to not have insurance just like it's irresponsible to risk wrecking a car without insurance.
Unfortunately now that the states are suing, the federal government will have to shell out millions fighting these battles now while the states shell out millions fighting their cases. That's a double whammy to the taxpayer. If Zoeller decides to file, that's state funding that could be going to roads, to schools, to parks, to salaries, to a myriad of other things. Rather than continue to fight this, wouldn't it make sense just to figure out how to implement it?
I don't know if these suits were actually the work of Mourdock or Zoeller alone, but I kind of doubt it. Governor Daniels may have tipped his hand when he came out on Monday and condemned the bill so strongly. Daniels has a great deal of control over all the Statehouse right now except for the Indiana House. Is it too much to assume that Zoeller may be getting his marching orders from Mitch? Makes perfect sense I think...I mean who might be challenging President Barack Obama in 2012 for the Presidency? Hmmm.