If there’s an opportunity to play politics, you can be sure AG Greg Abbott will take it.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said Tuesday that the push in Washington to force most Americans to buy health insurance may violate the U.S. Constitution and eventually trigger a lawsuit.
Abbott and 13 other attorneys general have already raised constitutional questions about another provision in the legislation, dubbed the “Nebraska Compromise.” If passed, that stipulation would shield Nebraska — but not other states — from the cost of expanding Medicaid, the federal health insurance program for the poor.
Now, Abbott warns Texas and possibly other states could sue the federal government over the measure requiring nearly all Americans to buy insurance. The warning from Abbott, a Republican, comes as Congress enters the final stages of negotiations over the health care legislation, Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature domestic initiative.
Just curious here, but has Abbott ever expressed any concern over the legal requirement to buy auto insurance, or for some homeowners to buy flood insurance or mortgage protection insurance? I didn’t think so. Here’s a response in the Huffington Post from Abbott’s opponent, Barbara Radnofsky. Any attorneys want to jump in here?
UPDATE: Andre Pineda brings some historical perspective.