Virginia and Missouri fire shots over bow of healthcare reform

August 5, 2010

Since Obama signed healthcare reform into law, 22 states have filed lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of reform; at least 36 states have introduced initiatives repealing all or parts of healthcare reform.

Since Obama signed healthcare reform into law, 22 states have filed lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of reform; at least 36 states have introduced initiatives repealing all or parts of healthcare reform.

On Monday, a federal judge ruled that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has legal authority to sue the federal government over the sweeping health care reform law. The Justice Department had earlier urged the judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

Missouri voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a key provision of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, sending a clear message of discontent to Washington and Democrats less than 100 days before the midterm elections.
 

About 71%of Missouri voters backed a ballot measure, Proposition C, which would prohibit the government from requiring people to have health insurance or from penalizing them for not having it.

Aside from the obvious political ramifications, what does this obvious sign of discontent mean for our healthcare system moving forward?