In a major victory for opponents of President Obama’s health care takeover, a federal judge today ruled that the individual health care mandate, which is central to the bill itself, is unconstitutional. Today’s ruling strikes yet another blow to Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill and Gov. Jay Nixon—both of whom were complicit in the passage of the bill earlier this year.
“Today’s ruling that crucial parts of the Obama-Pelosi health care takeover are unconstitutional demonstrates that Republicans have been right all along,” Said Lloyd Smith, Executive Director of the Missouri Republican Party. “Claire McCaskill thumbed her nose at the clear will of Missourians and the American people as one of the most ardent supporters of Barack Obama’s health care plan. And Jay Nixon remained silent as Missourians took to the streets to protest the government’s infringement on their liberties. But finally, the courts are following the people and beginning to repeal portions of the bill that clearly violate our constitutional rights.”
Claire McCaskill was a leading proponent of the Obama-Pelosi plan—traveling the state and attempting to sell the bill to Missourians. Even now, McCaskill continues to advocate for the failed Obama agenda, insisting that massive Democrat losses in 2010 were the result of a failure to communicate rather than the repudiation of the Democrat agenda.
By contrast, Nixon took the opposite position—ducking every opportunity he had to comment on the bill or, later, Proposition C, which gave Missourians a say on some of the worst parts of the proposal. But Nixon’s silence spoke volumes and made it clear that he supported Obamacare.
While McCaskill and Nixon aided and abetted Obama and Pelosi, Missouri Republicans took action, leading the charge against the federal health care bill. Lt. Governor Peter Kinder announced his intention to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law, and the Missouri General Assembly overwhelmingly approved resolutions against the bill and allowing a vote of the people. Missourians overwhelmingly took advantage of that opportunity, with more than 71% sending Washington a message at the ballot box in August.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Missouri GOP thrilled with judge's health care ruling
The Missouri Republican Party hailed a judge's decision to strike down part of the federal health care plan today. The GOP also took some shots at Sen. Claire McCaskill and Gov. Jay Nixon. From the news release: