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Obama Signs ‘Landmark Bill’ Overhauling U.S. Health-Care Policy

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March 23, 2010: Roger Runningen / Bloomberg News – March 23, 2010

March 23 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama signed into law a sweeping rewrite of U.S. health-care policy that will touch every American and affect one-sixth of the economy, marking a victory that appeared beyond reach two months ago.

“Today, after all the votes have been tallied, health insurance reform becomes the law in the United States of America,” Obama said before putting his signature on the measure. He called it “a new season in America.”

The East Room, the largest in the White House, was packed for the ceremony with Democratic lawmakers who supported the bill and advocates for the cause of revamping the health-care system. They included Victoria Kennedy, the widow of Senator Edward Kennedy, who made enacting the legislation one of his central goals.

Obama spent a year and much of his political capital pushing the legislation through Congress. That struggle, which some Democrats have compared to the fight for civil rights legislation in the 1960s, is likely to shape Obama’s presidency as well as the makeup of Congress next year. The law passed Congress without getting a single Republican vote, a partisan divide promises to make health care the defining issue in November’s elections.

The new law, phased in over several years, extends coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans, imposes new taxes on the highest wage earners, calls for fees on health-care companies, provides hundreds of billions in Medicare savings and would cost almost $1 trillion.

Is Health-Care Reform Unconstitutional?

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: It’s time for the people and the States to buck up in order to repeal this unconstitutional eugenics tax bill and take our country back… – SJH

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Virginia States Health Care Bill Unconstitutional And Files Lawsuit

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March 23, 2010: Steve Watson / – March 22, 2010

The State of Virginia has confirmed that it will sue the federal government over the health care reform bill, declaring the legislation unconstitutional and legally conflicting. The Attorney General of Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli, issued a statement last night, giving notification that the State will file suit as soon as the president signs the bill into law, later this week.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Cuccinelli is expected to argue that the bill violates the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution: “At no time in our history has the government mandated its citizens buy a good or service,” Cuccinelli’s statement explained. “We believe the federal law is unconstitutional as it is based on the commerce clause. Simply put, not buying insurance is not engaging in commerce,” the attorney general added. “If you are not engaged in commerce, the federal government cannot regulate this inaction. Just being alive is not interstate commerce. If it were, Congress could regulate every aspect of our lives.”

The suit will also raise the notion that the legislation creates a legal conflict between the federal government and Virginia, the only State so far that has passed a law ruling that its residents are not mandated to buy health insurance. The final reform bill mandates that every American must purchase health insurance before 2014 or pay a fine.

On the evening the House passed the reform 219-212, all five Republican representatives in Virginia voted against the bill (Rep. Eric Cantor, Rep. Robert J. Wittman, Rep. J. Randy Forbes, Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, and Rep. Frank R. Wolfe), along with two Democrats (Rep. Glenn Nye, and Rep. Rick Boucher). Rep. Eric Cantor described the bill as a “trillion-dollar overhaul” that would reduce freedom of choice, raise taxes, and increase the national debt. “It’s the latest part of an agenda that is being forced upon the American people that attempts to seize more control over the economy and our lives,” Cantor said on the House floor before the vote.

Virginia isn’t the only state looking to the courts on this issue.Last week, the State of Idaho passed a measure requiring the state attorney general to sue the federal government if residents are forced to buy health insurance. Similar legislation is also pending in 37 other states.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Have the grassroots been watered enough to take our country back? SJH 

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