Yesterday when I wrote a piece about Florida GOP Attorney General and candidate for governor Bill McCollum filing a lawsuit to block the new health care reform law, claiming the law is unconstitutional, I assumed there would be more news to come. I assumed correctly. There is one more little detail that’s come out. The cost of the lawsuit to Florida taxpayers.
Vowing to protect a free market for health insurance, Florida Republicans lined up Tuesday behind a potential $50,000 taxpayer-funded lawsuit challenging the changes approved by a Democratic-led Congress.
That’s right folks! Another sad fact about this dirty “double-dipping” is this: Bill McCollum is going to sue to make sure you can’t get health insurance and the benefits, you will finance his lawsuit to do so, against…. yourself!
“Certainly there are other approaches to making health care affordable to people,” said Attorney General Bill McCollum, who filed the lawsuit moments after President Obama signed the bill into law.
Of course, McCollum doesn’t say exactly what those “phantom” approaches would be, but hey, he’s got an election to win. He doesn’t have time for solutions! Besides, that’s the GOP platform:
“The Republican Party: We Don’t Do Solutions!”
Never mind that Florida is facing high unemployment, foreclosures, and a butchered education system courtesy of the GOP, among other problems. More than four million people here don’t have health insurance as it is. Most can’t afford it, and this taxpayer-funded lawsuit will make sure they never will if it succeeds.
More good news, the money has a good chance of being squandered, because many say the lawsuit has little chance of success. A little ironic coming from a candidate who claims he wants to make “meaningful litigation reform” a priority if he’s elected governor.
Looking at his website, he doesn’t seem to really have a campaign slogan yet, but then you can hardy blame him. He doesn’t have a lot to work with. What would he say, “vote for me and I’ll thin the herd?”
Running on promises that will potentially leave voters homeless, bankrupt, sick or dead is pretty hard to work with.