I mean, after all he’s done to strip LGBT people of their humanity by removing LGBT protections from state workers, demanding that colleges and universities stop trying to protect LGBT people, and calling us gays a detriment to culture, what’s there not to love about a Ken Cuccinelli now saying that he is going to sue over the health care bill?
Cuccinelli says the health care bill violates the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution, and he’s going to do everything he can to stop it. “At no time in our history has the government mandated its citizens buy a good or service,” Cuccinelli said in a statement last night. “We believe the federal law is unconstitutional as it is based on the commerce clause. Simply put, not buying insurance is not engaging in commerce. If you are not engaged in commerce, the federal government cannot regulate this inaction. Just being alive is not interstate commerce. If it were, Congress could regulate every aspect of our lives.”
Which sounds vaguely interesting, and I imagine is the linchpin in the oncoming arguments and attempts to repeal the soon-to-be-signed health care bill — the Liberty Counsel has already readied its lawsuit against Obamacare, claiming, “If Congress can get away with this expansive power grab, then individual liberty and state sovereignty will vanish.” But I have a question: if regulation of health requires that you be engaged in commerce, and the lack of engagement in commerce means that there is a consequent lack of regulation, then what happens when, say, an adult refuses to take an injured spouse to the hospital? Can that inaction be regulated?
But don’t you worry. The Cooch has it covered, just in case things go awry for him. Virginia is the only state, so far, to pass legislation that states that its residents cannot be required to purchase health insurance. Gov. Bob McDonnell is scheduled to sign the legislation on Wednesday.
If the evil duo is able to keep their state from being, you know, a part of the current century, anyone else thinking that Virginia is going to become a ghost state?