DeMint, Graham Prodded State A.G. to Investigate Health Care Reform Lawsuit
An interesting scoop from NRO’s Stephen Spruiell, who reports that the movement to repeal health care reform through federal lawsuits began with GOP Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, both of South Carolina. Quoting Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott:
**The conversation really began in December when the two U.S. senators from South Carolina contacted their attorney general, **[Henry] McMaster, about the Nebraska compromise, raising legal concerns about that. General McMaster assembled a group of attorneys general, including myself, and we all signed a letter that was sent to Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid outlining our concerns about the constitutionality of the Nebraska compromise.
After that, I received a request from the two U.S. senators from Texas asking additional questions about other constitutional concerns about the health-care bill, including questions about the individual mandate.
A sometime-forgotten fact — the original rumblings about lawsuits centered on the constitutionality of last-minute deals with specific senators. With those deals likely to be stripped out of the final bill, the focus moved, immediately, to the mandate — the constitutional case against which might not be so strong.