Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says Texas will join in on a multi state lawsuit against the just passed healthcare bill. Fox News reported today that at least 38 states have passed or have introduced legislation or lawsuits challenging the healthcare bill. A big thanks to General Abbott for bumping that number up to 39 when Texas joins the lawsuit.
Update: This statement was posted on General Abbott’s state website. Once again I thank him for taking a strong stand for Texas!
“The federal health care legislation passed tonight violates the United States Constitution and unconstitutionally infringes upon Texans’ individual liberties. To protect all Texans’ constitutional rights, preserve the constitutional framework intended by our nation’s founders, and defend our state from further infringement by the federal government, the State of Texas and other states will legally challenge the federal health care legislation.”
From General Abbott’s facebook page posted on Sunday night.
Greg Abbott: Just got off the AG conference call. We agreed that a multi-state lawsuit would send the strongest signal. We plan to file the moment Obama signs the bill. I anticipate him signing it tomorrow. Check back for an update at that time. I will post a link to the lawsuit when it is filed. It will lay out why the bill is unconstitutional and tramples individual and states rights
Governor Perry released the statement below in response to the healthcare bill being passed. Stay tuned for more action from our state officials.
Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Passage of Federal Health Care Bill
March 21, 2010
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry issued the following statement on the passage of the federal health care bill:
“Unfortunately, the health care vote had more to do with expanding socialism on American soil than it does fixing our health care finance and delivery systems. The Obama health care bill undermines patient choice, personal responsibility, medical innovation and fiscal responsibility in America.
“As passed by the U.S. House, the bill will cost Texas taxpayers billions more, and drive our nation much deeper into debt. Congress’s backroom deals and parliamentary maneuvers undermined the public trust and increased cynicism in our political process.
“Texas leaders will continue to do everything in our power to fight this federal excess and find ways to protect our families, taxpayers and medical providers from this gross federal overreach.”