Barbour, Bryant Want State to Sue Federal Government

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Gov. Haley Barbour has joined with Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant in asking the state to challenge the constitutionality of federal health care legislation that President Barack Obama plans to sign into law Tuesday.

Barbour says the legislation illegally forces individuals to buy health insurance.

Bryant, a candidate for governor in 2011, says the legislation also is too expensive. He says Mississippi should assert its rights under the 10th Amendment, which "protects states from an overbearing federal government."

Attorney General Jim Hood says, once the law is signed, he will review the law to determine "if there are any viable causes of action for the State of Mississippi."


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  • by JOHN Location: WESSON MS on Apr 6, 2010 at 07:16 PM
    I have always been proud to be an american and have served my country without regret. After watching the Liberal Democrats and Obama in Washington begin there plan of socialism reform, I have been sick at my stomach for over a year now. I will not be a victim of this left wing parade and the new so called health care bill nor will I support this socialist government.
  • by John Boy Location: Meridian on Mar 25, 2010 at 04:42 PM
    There was nothing done to pass this bill that was unconstitutional. Some of you people need to actually READ the Constitution, instead of just repeating some nonsense that rolls out of the mouths of other people because you think it sounds good.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2010 at 06:55 AM
    oh boy law please go back to school everything that was done to get this bill passed is Constitutionally illegal. and yet most still dont know what is in the bill... now you have people up there claiming of being threaten .. now they are a victim my gut tell me is a tonya harding setup.. but hell why not do it keep their seats this way.. they all get elected again they are the ones that call if there is a case or not... fox in the hen house is all
  • by Law man on Mar 24, 2010 at 08:39 PM
    States that don't want the new health care law to apply to them can opt out of the law under the "Empowering States to Be Innovative" amendment. All a state has to do is submit a plan to HHS that meets several benchmarks in the bill (one of which is meeting population coverage benchmarks) and HHS must grant a waiver to the state to implement its own health care plan. A state does not have to have a health care plan with the individual mandate and penalty provisions - the main parts of the bill that these politicians claim makes the new law unconstitutional. In other words, if these politicians object to the bill, they could truly lead and work on an alternative solution their citizens may want. Sadly, I suspect all we may get are them spending our tax money to file these lawsuits along with their yapping in the press and pretending they are doing something.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2010 at 07:46 AM
    Concerned-Race is always the excuse. I have decided to not worry about it. It is just an easy cope out so they don't have to face the real issues. You see, if they just holler race, then it's the end of the discussion. They don't have to actually make an intelligent contribution to the arguement. Also I have decided when they are calling the president black, they are the racist individual. The president is bi-racial (black and white) and they are denying his TRUE background by only referring to part of his heritage. I am sure his mom would have been heartbroken.
  • by Proud American Location: Meridian on Mar 24, 2010 at 06:52 AM
    Well Fight The Power- that has to be one of the weakest arguments I've ever seen! People can't afford to get an i.d.?! Are you kidding me? The cost of an id is maybe $15. For that matter, if the requirment to show i.d. is approved (and I think the majority of reasonable people see why there is a need to do this to control fraud), the state could offer free i.d. to those under a certain income level. And your response of states & counties keeping more accurate records- what difference would that make if someone came in fraudulently claiming to be xyz person- if they weren't required to present i.d., no one would know who they were anyway. Besides, RIGHTS mean having responsibilities. Controling voter fraud is the responsible way to ensure only true registered voting Americans make the decisions that affect our country. Not sure where you get the idea that Americans are OWED this right. That is just your opinion. And what rights are taken away from us by requiring I.D.- please elaborate.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2010 at 06:03 AM
    Whoa!Who died & made you God?It is not your or my job to judge people.Whether I'm a Christian or not has nothing to do with this & to beat that is none of your business.Just because someone disagrees with you does not make them a non-christian or a racist. It just means they disagree.I do my fair share of helping people & when the taxes to pay for this come out of my paycheck then I will no longer have the money to help out.I'm sure there are a lot of people in the same position.
  • by tommy on Mar 23, 2010 at 08:51 PM
    sure im racist but even if obama was white this is still the dumbest thing to do
  • by Concerned Location: Outside Meridian on Mar 23, 2010 at 04:51 PM
    Looks like "US Citizen" is playing the black card, and it seems anyone who calls him on this will also be called a racist.
  • by FightThePower on Mar 23, 2010 at 04:17 PM
    All Rise
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