Home State of Top Senate Democrat Files Suit Against Pro-Abortion Health Care

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 6, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Home State of Top Senate Democrat Files Suit Against Pro-Abortion Health Care

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 6
, 2010

Carson City, NV (LifeNews.com) — The home state of the top Democrat in the Senate filed a lawsuit today against the new pro-abortion health care law. Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons announced he will rely on outside attorneys to sue the federal government over the health care scheme because the state’s attorney general wouldn’t file suit.

The lawsuit is a bit of a hit to Sen. Harry Reid, the pro-abortion Nevada Democrat who heads the Senate and refused calls from pro-life groups to pull the abortion funding from the bill.

“This health care nationalization plan is illegal because it is unconstitutional,” Gibbons said today, according to an AP report.

“The arrogance of this administration to force all Nevadans to purchase something (health insurance from private companies) or face IRS penalties is outrageous and wrong," he added.

Gibbons has directed Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto to file a lawsuit against the federal government over the constitutionality of the requirement in the new health care plan that every American buy or obtain health insurance. Masto refused.

As a result, Gibbons signed an executive order naming Mark Hutchison from the Las Vegas law firm of Hutchison & Steffen as special legal counsel to the governor to handle the lawsuit.

“I was disappointed that the attorney general of Nevada refused to fight for the constitutional rights of Nevada citizens,” Gibbons said. “But I refuse to surrender on this issue, we must not allow the federal government to intrude into the lives of Nevadans this way.”

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Nevada shows support for repeal of the health care plan is stronger in Nevada than it is nationally, and 54% of the state’s voters would like Nevada to join the 14 other states that are suing the federal government over the health plan.

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