The Oklahoma Legislature should not sue in an attempt to invalidate the recently passed federal health care bill.
The whole idea is simply a political stunt, presented by House Speaker Chris Benge and Senate Pro Tem President Glenn Coffee, to unite Republicans in an election year by creating more animosity against President Barack Obama.
Nineteen states are already suing over the bill, and the outcome over that lawsuit will determine whether the new health care program is unconstitutional. Most legal experts predict the lawsuit will fail anyway. Why in the world does the Oklahoma Legislature have to get involved? It could wind up wasting taxpayers’ money during a major budget crisis.
Benge and Coffee, pictured right, announced their intentions recently after Attorney General Drew Edmondson declined to join the other states in the lawsuit. Edmondson, who is running for governor, did add a caveat. He said he would sue if the Legislature passed a bill requiring him to do so.
But that caveat wasn’t go enough for Benge or Coffee, who complained Edmondson wouldn’t be enthusiastic enough over suing, according to the Tulsa World. So they want the Legislature to go it alone.
The two Republican leaders did say they will try to get legal help for free or at little cost. In essence, it’s a political move, not a real legal move to win a lawsuit.
All this slippery-slope whining about “Obamacare” is political theater. Not one thing has changed for the vast majority of people with health insurance. Why all the anger and posturing about what might happen once major aspects of the program take place? If the new national health care program has problems, then Congress can fix them.
The GOP case against the national health care program is based on unsubstantiated claims about the future that are designed to arouse anger and instill fear.
Here’s what Republicans are really worried about: People are going to like the new health care program and the GOP is going to be revealed once again as an obstructionist party with no new ideas to move the country forward.
The health care system in this country is a real mess. Democrats are trying to do something about it. The GOP wants to file lawsuits.