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State Republican leaders keep demanding that Attorney General Roy Cooper join the 14 Attorneys General trying to stop health care reform in the courts. Cooper hasn’t agreed, but he  hasn’t exactly said that the Republicans are wrong either.  He ought to.

His staff ought to check out the statement Monday by Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, who left little doubt about what he thinks about the merits of the claim that the reform plan is unconstitutional.

I do not believe that the lawsuits filed against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have any legal merit whatsoever,” Cordray said. “As a result, I believe it would be a waste of taxpayer resources for Ohio to join any such lawsuit, and we will not be doing so.

That’s pretty clear. For my take on the GOP’s lawsuit bluster, check out today’s Fitzsimon File.

8 Comments

  1. Kimberly

    March 30, 2010 at 8:35 am

    The state is cutting programs left and right, we definately do not need to be wasting money on a lawsuit that has absolutely no hope of being won nor do we need to join the right winged fanatics that can’t seem to understand that Health Reform is now law. I completely agree with you, AG Cooper needs to stand firm and announce that he will not be joining the Republicans.

  2. HunterC

    March 30, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Cooper needs to stand firm and announce that he will not be joining the Republicans

    But joining the Republicans is what Cooper does best — and what he started his political career doing.

    Today’s “progressives” would do well to remember how Roy Cooper sold out his fellow Democrats and joined the Republicans as an NC House member in 1989.

    Of course, it seems “progressive” has been redefined to meaninglessness here, so join away, Coop!

  3. Stephen

    March 30, 2010 at 9:22 am

    What’s your point, Hunter? That people change, that the world changes? Are you implying that progressives should be paranoid and untrusting? Why? What’s it to you? And why the sneering quote-unquote around progressive?

  4. Lisa

    March 30, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Kimberly, you’re worried about State program cuts now? Just wait until O-Care hits your state and they have to bear the burden of paying for all of the additional people that will be added to Medicare. You, if you are a taxpayer, are going to be paying through the nose for this. Nothing is free. Anything the government gives, it has to take first from the taxpayer. Most states are going to get wiped out by this unfunded mandate.

  5. HunterC

    March 30, 2010 at 9:29 am

    that the world changes

    Exactly my point.

    Progressives — nee liberals — have permitted the political discourse to move so far to the right, that what was considered conservative in 1993 or 1989 is now considered socialist/marxist/crazy/liberal.

    Sites like this that have started to buy into defending a party rather than principles contribute to the slippage.

    For my part right now, I try to remind and hope people remember what liberal once meant. If it takes an attack from the left flank to get so-called allies to wake up, then so be it.

  6. AdamL

    March 30, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Lisa — the states don’t finance Medicare. The feds are covering 95 percent of the cost of newly eligible Medicaid enrollees, and it’s covering 100 percent of the cost until 2017.

    HunterC — you haven’t been reading Progressive Pulse if you think we don’t criticize Dems.

  7. AdamL

    March 30, 2010 at 10:32 am

  8. HunterC

    March 30, 2010 at 11:08 am

    So glad AHIP says they will comply with a vague law now.

    Did/will Goldman Sachs act the same way with the SEC?

    Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

    By the by, Secretary Sebelius had many dealings in her previous job as Governor of Kansas with current NC Chamber head Lew Ebert. Lew’s old job was….head of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.

    Even old rural Democratic Senators from places like Gaston and Cleveland Counties (not David Hoyle, think the late Ollie Harris) used to give more of a damn about mental health issues than urban “progressives” — like the worthless Verla Insko — that kowtow to the demands of less-than-progressive elements in her coalition.

    Now we have Sebelius being held up as a savior.

    Ollie Harris wouldn’t have it.

    Nothing like “progress” in NC.

    And here’s a more recent link for you about how progressives should act.

    http://wunc.org/programs/news/Isaac-Hunters-Tavern/tues-goodbye-bluegill-bob