Shurtleff defends lawsuit against Obama care

The number of states involved in a lawsuit against the Obama health care reform bill is now up to 21, including Utah, and the state’s Attorney General Mark Shurtleff says he hopes the majority of the states will join the effort to prove that the bill is unconstitutional. On KVNU’s For the People program Thursday, Shurtleff said the lawsuit is not just “political theatre” as some people have claimed. “One of the requirements here that we believe is uniquely unconstitutional for the state of Utah,” Shurleff explained, “is the mandate to have an insurance exchange in the exact method, and manner of cost, and size, and functioning that the federal government has said we have to have. “We created an exchange in Utah. Only Utah and Massachusetts have exchanges now in place. It is, we believe, an effective exchange. It’s streamlined and only takes a couple of state employees to run it. We like what we did here in the state of Utah. “For a federally-elected official to now come in and substitute their judgment for what an exchange ought to look like and then tell us how we have to structure our exchange, we think that violates the principle of state sovereignty and the 10th Amendment.” Shurtleff says Utah, along with 20 other states, has submitted its challenge to the health care bill in a district court in Florida. Shurtleff hopes a judge will make the successful argument that the Tenth Amendment is as important to the Constitution as the commerce clause or the welfare clause. To hear Shurtleff’s entire interview,

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