GOP AG Suing to Stop Health Care Reform: We’ll Probably Lose
At a luncheon hosted by The American Spectator and Americans for Tax Reform, South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster, a Republican, laid out the strategy and risks of his push – backed by 12 other attorneys general — for a constitutional challenge to the health care bill being debated by Congress. McMaster was alternately vague (no naming names on other AGs who might support him) and blunt about his chance of success.
“I think that the courts will be deferential to the Congress on any of these questions, no matter what approach is taken,” said McMaster. “That makes it an uphill battle, but that doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be fought, and it doesn’t mean that it can’t be won.”
McMaster declined to talk much about the “travails” of Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), but he did must that “on the issues he’s promoted, he’s been dead-on”–a nice boost on the day that Sanford was officially censured by the South Carolina House of Representatives.
And McMaster, who’s running to replace Sanford, brushed aside the suggestion that his campaign could help him in the four-way GOP primary. “It could be a campaign issue,” said McMaster, “but right now it is not.”