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GOP Leaders Announce Effort to Repeal New Health Law

Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said he would introduce a bill to repeal the health care legislation even though the Republican minority does not have...
March 25, 2010

Even before it was signed by President Obama, key Republican leaders said they will mount an effort to repeal the new healthcare reform law.

Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said he would introduce a bill to repeal the health care legislation even though the Republican minority does not have anywhere near the votes needed to pass it. Already, several repeal bills have been introduced in the House. State legislators in 39 states have filed or plan to file bills to block the requirement for people to carry health insurance that would take effect in 2014, according to the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Meanwhile, thirteen US states filed a lawsuit on Tuesday March 23 challenging the constitutionality of healthcare reform just moments after President Barack Obama signed the historic bill into law. "This lawsuit should put the federal government on notice that Florida will not permit the constitutional rights of our citizens and the sovereignty of our state to be ignored or disregarded," said Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum.

McCollum, a Republican who is running for governor, led the charge to challenge a provision that would require most people to buy health insurance or else pay a fine. He was joined by the Republican attorneys general of South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Pennsylvania, Washington, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado and Alabama and the Democratic attorneys general of Michigan and Louisiana. Other states including Virginia have announced their intention to file similar lawsuits.