When Maine became the twenty-third state to join the Florida lawsuit, that brought the number of states suing the government over “reform” to 25 (including seperate suits brought by Virginia and Oklahoma). Now it appears that Kansas has taken the number to 26:
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt sent a letter Wednesday seeking to join almost two dozen states in challenging the new federal health care reform law … Schmidt, a Republican, campaigned on challenging the law.
The former Kansas AG was Democrat Steve Six, who had refused to participate in the lawsuit. The voters threw Six out in the November election, and replaced him with Schmidt. So, why are so many states jumping on this suit? Here’s a good summary from Heritage:
In its current form, Medicaid is already bankrupting states across the country … Of the 34 million Americans who gain health insurance through Obamacare, over half (18 million) will receive it through Medicaid.
But doesn’t “reform” pay for this? Only partially:
While Obamacare will pay for all of the benefit expansion for the first three years, and 90% of it after that, it never pays for any of the state administrative costs for adding those 18 million Americans to their welfare rolls.
That’s a permanent unfunded mandate, costing untold billions the states just don’t have. That, according to the Florida lawsuit, means Congress exceeded its Consitutional authority by forcing the states to assume responsibility for the costs of “reform.”