PoliticsPA: Corbett files suit against health care bill
By Alex Roarty
PoliticsPA Staff Writer
Attorney General Tom Corbett on Monday joined with other attorneys general across the country to launch a lawsuit against the health care bill approved Sunday night, a move that will likely boost his bona fides among conservatives who almost universally despise the legislation.
In a brief statement issued by his office, the attorney general said the bill was unconstitutional.
He joins an effort by attorney generals in 10 other states to repeal the measure once President Obama signs it into law, which could come later this week. Their moves are part of a last-ditch Republican effort to stop the legislation, which hasn’t received any GOP support nationally or locally.
It’s unclear how successful their lawsuit will be, with one critic, Governor Ed Rendell, saying earlier Monday that any such challenge in the courts would be “political grandstanding” and a waste of money.
But if nothing else, it could solidify Corbett’s right flank in his primary battle against state Rep. Sam Rohrer, whose campaign is built around support from grassroots conservative activists. Rohrer also tried to get in on the action, circulating a petition to support state bills that would seek to nullify the federal legislation.
The Berks County lawmaker has emphasized the importance of state sovereignty over the federal government throughout his campaign.