ABC News – Barbour vs. Rendell on Health Care

Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss., and Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa., squared off on the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care reform law this morning in an exclusive debate on This Week.

“I do not believe the United States government has a right, or the authority or power, to force us to purchase health insurance any more than, in the name of homeland security, they could force every American to have to buy a gun,” Barbour said.

Barbour is pushing for his Democratic attorney general to sue the federal government over the health care law; Rendell insists that the suit his Republican attorney general has filed with a number of other states is silly.

“This is a frivolous lawsuit,” Rendell said. “It’s a waste of taxpayers’ dollars at a time when all the states are fighting to preserve those dollars.”

The health care law “is easily within the power of the federal government,” Rendell insisted. “These lawsuits are frivolous.”

ABC News
3/28/10