Barbour files healthcare-reform lawsuit

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Published: May 14,2010

Tags: healthcare, healthcare reform, insurance, lawsuit

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour, on behalf of the State of Mississippi, today joined the multi-state, bipartisan lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal healthcare law passed earlier this year.

“The Health Care Law passed earlier this year is an unprecedented expansion of federal power,” Barbour said. “The Constitution does not give Congress or the federal government the authority to force every American to purchase health insurance.”

Florida, the lead plaintiff in the case, has reached an agreement with its legal counsel to cap the costs of the litigation at $50,000. Joining in the lawsuit will cost Mississippi a fraction of that amount, according to the Governor’s Office.

The lawsuit is based, in part, on the federal government exceeding its authority by forcing citizens of our state to buy a specific product — in this case, insurance — and controlling the marketplace by determining how the insurance policies will be structured, Barbour said.

“This new law will ultimately force the state to raise taxes, as hundreds of thousands of new people will be added to our Medicaid rolls,” Barbour stated. “The regulatory changes, and some of the accompanying costs, begin immediately.”

Mississippi Code 7-1-5(n) authorizes the governor to bring suit on behalf of the State “if after first requesting the proper officer so to do, the officer refuses or neglects to do the same.”

Barbour asked Attorney General Jim Hood to join the Florida lawsuit on behalf of the state, but Hood declined to do so.

Barbour said Michael B. Wallace of Wise Carter, Child and Caraway, P.A., will guide Mississippi’s role in the lawsuit, and Wallace has agreed to provide his expertise at no cost to the state.

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10 Responses to “Barbour files healthcare-reform lawsuit”

  1. brenda crumbley Says:

    IT IS ABOUT TIME TO FILE THE LAWSUIT THE SYSTEM IS SO SCREWED UP NOW IF THIS HELPS US POOR SICK PEOPLE THEN GO FOR IT WASHINGTON IS NOT TAKING CARE OF US OR LOOKING OUT FOR OUR BEST INTEREST THEY ARE TO BUSY SENDING BILLIONS OF OUR MONEY OVERSEE’S AND NOT TAKING CARE OF US FIRST. WE NEED TO CLEAN HOUSE IN WASHINGTON AND PUT ALL NEW PEOPLE WHO KNOW HOW TO GET THE JOB DONE. THE IDIOTS WE HAVE THERE NOW CAN’T CHEW GUM AND WALK AT THE SAME TIME. GOD HELP US ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. paul tankersley Says:

    It is also about time for Jim Hood to resign. We don’t need an AG who fails to look out for the best interest of the state and it’s residents. Voters won’t forget this.

  3. Arthur Jones Says:

    Miss or Mrs. Crumley; (I think the name is appropriate)
    We feel you’d probably do better taking a course in English language before you attempt to make a public comment. From the sound and sentiment of your comments, you sound as if you are one of the poor and disenfranchised, who during the Bush administration, either didn’t have the guts or brains to recognize what that idiot was doing. Historic records show, Bush was the worst president of any country at any time in world history. During the eight years people like you sat on your hands doing nothing and saying nothing, that executive took our country to hell in a hand basket. Please explain why you and those like you made no cognizant comments at that time? Was it because you identified with Bush ? Was it because Bush was the same race you consider yourself to be? Surely, the benefits you’ve received in the last sixteen months were nothinig you denied yourself of. I’m positive, you didn’t turn down your tax rebates or income tax benefits. If I’m wrong, please tell me. I and the other 5,000 people I represent, recognize your comments and words as racial prejudice.
    Again, Afro Americans have come in and cleaned up the mess non African Americans created. We’re sure you havent turned down one red cent you’ve collected with the installation of the current president. Your comments and assumed sentiment sounds to us of sour grapes. You did nothing to terminate the mess Bush created, but when a president appears and eliminates a great many of the problems caused by lacks of representation of the common man, then you want to belly ache. Sounds like racial prejudice to us. The same with Mississippi governor Halley Barbour. Barbour is a public and very well know racist. His intelligence, as it appears yours, is stuck in a civil war mind set.
    If president Obama was Non African American, none of you would have one, no not one word to say.
    We suggest you pray, if you believe in God and ask him to forgive your racist and intellectual stupidity.
    Thank You.

  4. G Israel Says:

    Barbour is simply politically posturing to satisfy angry white Republicans in the state, many of whom are poor and need health insurance. I salute Hood for not allowing Barbour to misuse the state’s resources for such a political sham.

    Furthermore, Barbour didn’t voice any dissent to the expanded and abusive powers of the Bush Administration so he should shut up, take many walks and push away his plate. Has he heard of primary prevention?

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  6. dw Says:

    Haley Barbour said the health care laws is bad for the state of Missississippi. Since becoming Governor what have Haley Barbour offer to working Mississippians who don’t access to affordable health care or don’t have health insurance at all? When preparing to file the lawsuit what alternative have he propose or offer? Many people in this state work hard everyday and choose not to live off the state and the taxpayers. They get everyday and go about living and providing for themselves and their family. They don’tcomplain any pains they are having. So instead applauding Haley Barbour, Republicans, and Democrats who oppose the new health care laws, ask them what alternative are they offering to laws that might and will help a lot Mississippians.

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  8. Steve Says:

    I’m glad somebody in this state has the will of the people in mind, why is it our Atty. General didn’t file suit? I’ll remember him in his next election and vote for the other guy. It seems the present admin. in Washington wants to throw away the Constitution and rewrite it or just ignore it. This November will start to remove most of the dead wood in Washington and then we’ll finish it when Obama runs for reelection. He has been the worst president in recent history but I do have to admit, he sure can read a mean teleaprompter… Vote this socialist, spreading the wealth enigma out along with Reid and Polosei.

  9. Andy Says:

    Ms Jones:
    While Ms. Crumbley’s post was not well written, I fail to see anything in it that indicated her race or her feelings toward any race. I am curious, how did you get that impression? Is it because you believe that anyone who is against any of President Obama’s policies must be white and racist? If so, then that belief itself exposes you as a racist and you would do well to examine your heart and work to overcome your hatred.

    You also stated that Governor Barbour is a public and well known racist. I have searched for any comments that would back this claim up. Would you be so kind as to state your source for this claim? If true, I would drop my support for him. The last thing we need in office is someone who prefers any one race over another for any reason.

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