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.”