Pink Fire Pointer Healthcare Reform Update #2 - 22March2010

Healthcare Reform Update #2 - 22March2010

Legal and Constitutional Challenges Loom on Healthcare Bill
  • Republican attorneys general in at least 12 states announced today that lawsuits will be filed to stop the federal government from overstepping its constitutional powers.
  • States also oppose the expansion of Medicaid that they say infringes on their ability to provide other services.
  • Attorneys general in Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington plan to band together in a collective lawsuit.
  • Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli also announced plans to file a lawsuit in federal court.
  • At least 36 state legislatures are weighing legislation to limit, alter or oppose the federal healthcare reform, and 27 of those are considering amending their state constitutions by ballot.
Obama Will Sign Senate Bill Tuesday
  • It was announced late today that President Obama will sign into law the Senate legislation on Tuesday.
  • Shortly after the event, the Senate will begin considering the reconciliation bill, which it hopes to approve before Congress’ spring break beginning March 26.
The personal impact of the healthcare bill