Since HCR passed back in March, it has fallen out of the national consciousness – but Republican opponents are still working hard to unravel whatever gains were made:

Efforts to block a key provision of the new health-care overhaul law are underway in 33 states, as a growing roster of mostly Republican officials have mounted legal and legislative challenges to an eventual requirement that virtually all Americans buy health insurance or pay a penalty tax. This Friday, seven more states will formally join a lawsuit originally filed by Florida and 12 other states in late March.

The suit, filed in a U.S. District Court in Florida, contends that Congress lacks the constitutional authority to mandate an individual’s participation in an insurance plan, and that it has infringed on states’ rights by requiring them to extend coverage to more low-income residents without fully funding the additional cost.

Many constitutional scholars have said the suit has slim chances. But activists say they view the lawsuit as the first of what they hope will be a slew of challenges mounted by state governments, legislatures and individuals, ultimately narrowing the law’s scope and possibly unraveling it altogether.

"This is going to be a long, protracted war of attrition and we haven’t even seen the first wave of regulations yet," said Clint Bolick, litigation director of the Goldwater Institute — an Arizona-based group that is advising state officials.

So, is this effort nothing more than sour grapes, or does the GOP have a real chance of stripping down the bill?

What’s on your mind tonight?

Jim Moss

Jim Moss

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