Lawyer in 14-state lawsuit against ObamaCare familiar with case against overextended federal power
Published on April 01, 2010
by Brent Baldwin
WASHINGTON, D.C. (USA)
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David Rivkin has been forging a legal argument against the Obama health care reform through mainstream media editorials and guest television appearances for months. Last week he was retained as one of the lead attorneys consulting the 14 states that filed a lawsuit against the federal government arguing that it is unconstitutional to force citizens to purchase health insurance.
On Thursday, April 1, Rivkin will engage in a live debate with Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray on PBS NewsHour, formerly NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Among the topics of discussion will be the overextension of federal powers into states territory, which Rivkin argues is clearly defined and limited in the Constitution. Cordray has publicly expressed doubt that the lawsuit has any merit.
Signed into law by President Obama on March 23, the health care bill requires nearly all Americans to have health insurance starting in 2014. Reaction from opponents was swift, as state plaintiffs immediately filed suit in Florida, and another Republican attorney general filed a separate lawsuit in Virginia.
The legal challenge against health care reform is quickly becoming a lightning rod, not only due to its implications in the overall debate over health care, but also because it could lead to a major showdown before a conservative Supreme Court regarding interpretations of the Constitution.