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Maine joins multi-state suit against health care reform

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January 26, 2011

AUGUSTA, Maine: With Republicans controlling all three major facets of the state government and a Republican named as the state's top prosecutor, Maine was considered to be in the perfect position to join twenty-plus other state attorneys general in challenging the federal health insurance mandate, also referred to as Obamacare. That is why it came as no surprise that on Tuesday, January 18th, 2011, "at the request of Maine Attorney General William Schneider, the State of Florida will move the federal court to allow Maine and several other states," among them Kansas, Ohio, and Oklahoma, to join in the multi-state suit against the federal government.[1]

Schneider, a former state representative who was elected as state attorney general by the State Legislature in December 2010, stated that he at the time of his inauguration that he was weighing his options concerning involving the state in challenging the constitutionality of the health care reform measure. He contends that there are "no provisions in the constitution that give the federal government that kind of power."[2][3]

In addition to both houses of the State Legislature and the governor, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both members of the United States Senate, had signed onto an amicus brief in support of the twenty-plus state attorneys general who have already filed suit against Obamacare in court. Janet Mills, who had served as the state's top prosecutor prior to Schneider's appointment, argued against Maine's involvement, believing that "taxpayers will end up spending as much as $400,000 in legal fees while the state’s input would have no effect on the outcome of the case."[3]

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