The DNC released a statement today excoriating Attorney General Greg Abbott for his attempt to block Texans from receiving the federal health insurance reforms passed into law today by President Obama.
Abbott seems determined to be the bureaucrat that comes between Texans and their doctors. Thankfully, his misguided, frivolous lawsuit seems to have little grounds to proceed. From DNC Regional Press Secretary Ricardo A. Ramírez:
“It's clear that Attorney General Abbott is playing politics with the lives and well-being of Texans. Health Insurance Reform has been passed by the House and Senate with an unprecedented degree of transparency and now that the President signed it, it is the law of the land. And to be clear, it's widely agreed upon that it is constitutional.
“The Attorney General's threat of a lawsuit is a waste of state funds during the worst economic crisis in a generation. The American people don't want any more delay and obstruction on this – they want thoughtfully-implemented reform so that it works for all Americans.
“The fact is, the individual mandate is just one of the many Republican ideas that Democrats have included in this legislation. If Republicans now want to deny middle class families in Texas and small businesses relief from soaring insurance premiums, seniors help in paying for their prescription drugs, or sick people a way to be insured once again, that's their choice to make-but they'll find they're on the wrong side of the American people.”
Legal scholars have concurred that the individual mandate is in fact Constitutionally sound. Several Republicans supported the individual mandate during the 1992 health reform efforts. Consumer groups and business groups support the mandate as well. Greg Abbott needs to stop playing politics with Texans' lives and get back to work doing his job.