GOP eyes choking health law funding
Republicans may not be able to repeal the Democrats’ health care reform law next year, but they’re eyeing the next best thing: Deny the Obama administration the money it needs to implement the law. GOP candidates across the country are running on a promise to repeal the law. But simply winning the House and the Senate wouldn’t get them there; they’d need to corral two-thirds majorities to overcome what would be an almost certain veto from President Barack Obama. Resigned to that fact, Republicans are now readying a campaign trail message that voters should grant them the power of Congress’s purse strings so that they can choke off funding for the law.
Va. health care reform lawsuit clears 1st hurdle
RICHMOND (AP) — Virginia's lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's health care reform law cleared its first legal hurdle Monday as a federal judge ruled the law raises a host of complex constitutional issues. U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson's decision stemmed from Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II's claims that Congress exceeded its authority under the Constitution's Commerce Clause by requiring citizens to buy health insurance or pay a penalty.
There is even a third track, which might be pursued later on upon the culmination of a GOP takeover of the House and Senate, wherein mandatory balanced budget amendments at the state level could gut the lion's share of ObamaCare forced upon states; thus individual states could reject all or in part the key elements of ObamaCare's unfunded mandates passed on to the state legislatures in preference to their own balanced budget amendments. I've actually read accounts that this potential track is the most optimistic of all three, in light of Democrats now abandoning their advocacy for ObamaCare!