Thurbert Baker’s answer to Sonny Perdue: Health care lawsuit a waste of money

Attorney General Thurbert Baker, a Democratic candidate for governor, has rejected Gov. Sonny Perdue’s demand that he join a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the new health care reform law.

Read the entire thing here. But this is the meat:

Based upon my understanding of the current Act, I am unaware of any constitutional infirmities and do not think it would be prudent, legally or fiscally, to pursue such litigation. I must therefore respectfully decline your request.

While I understand that the new law is the subject of ongoing debate here in Georgia and around the nation, I do not believe that Georgia has a viable legal claim against the United States. Considering our state’s current severe budgetary crisis, with vital services like education and law enforcement being cut deeply, I cannot justify a decision to initiate expensive and time-consuming litigation that I believe has no legal merit.

In short, this litigation is likely to fail and will consume significant amounts of taxpayers’ hard-earned money in the process.

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122 comments Add your comment

mp

March 24th, 2010
1:00 pm

Good for Baker. Finally showing some backbone after all these years of letting the Republicans get away with all sorts of malfeasance.& running GA into the ground.

Intown

March 24th, 2010
1:01 pm

feels good to flex those gonads doesn’t it Thurbert

TC

March 24th, 2010
1:13 pm

“…I am unaware of any constitutional infirmities…” well don’t count on MY vote for Gov in November!

Sharon Zirn

March 24th, 2010
1:14 pm

It was nice of the governor to ask Attorney General Baker. A gubernatorial formality.

interested

March 24th, 2010
1:14 pm

All you legal eagles at the ajc, please tell me where in the United States Constitution does it state “that a citizen can be forced to purchase a product (health insurance) when it is against their religious beliefs?” I thought we had a bill of rights?

Nick

March 24th, 2010
1:16 pm

Can state employees get rid of their furlough’s before we start suing over health care? Please?

Soda Cracker

March 24th, 2010
1:20 pm

Thurbert Baker is another classic example of how affirmative action is a failure.

RetiredSoldier

March 24th, 2010
1:21 pm

Ahhh our attorney general, you can always count one one thing. Baker will always be on the otherside from Perdue. Isn’t politics grand.

Ticked off Mom

March 24th, 2010
1:31 pm

This is the biggest crock I’ve ever heard of. WE did not want this. The legal taxpayers of this state and this country did NOT want this bill to pass. Those who live off the taxes of others did…they shouldn’t even be allowed to vote since they don’t contribute anything except expenses. Obama has his own agenda and it is NOT to serve the people but to divide this country. So far he’s doing a bang up job. Can’t we vote him OUT of office before he completely destroys this country. Even the youth, who thought he was so great and voted him in, want him out now before he destroys their future. This is too much. We’ve had enough and don’t want to take it any more.

Williebkind

March 24th, 2010
1:33 pm

You are asking a democrat to protect the constitutional rights of its citizens when it is in direct conflict with their agenda to socialize America. Perdue, please reconsider being inclusive when considering the democrats.

The True REALIST

March 24th, 2010
1:38 pm

Ticked off Mom – You are such a joke. You and 500k man are so stupid that you cant even see the benefit of the Healthcare law. I hope you two stay in your trailers, eating your peanutbutter and banana sandwiches listening to “Sweet Home Alabama”. Let the rest of the country and world progress without you.

carpetbagger

March 24th, 2010
1:41 pm

Hey everyone, take this civics quiz
http://www.americancivicliteracy.org/resources/quiz.aspx

If a crazed right-winger like myself can get 30 out of 33, then a liberal genius like True Realist ought to ace it ;-) Have fun with it.

The True REALIST

March 24th, 2010
1:43 pm

It’s amazing that when the “War on Terror” was shoved down our throats by the Bush Administration, it was expected that every American should bend over and take it. But when the Dems finally get something passed, the crazy conservatives want to question the constitutionality of the law, or question the citizenship of the president. Conservatives are really sore losers at every turn. Get onboard people! Or get left behind. For those who don’t like where the coountry is going, there is plenty of opportunities in Mexico.

whats next?

March 24th, 2010
1:44 pm

why not put somekind of budget bomb amendment into the health care law. If it excedes 200% of projected cost the law is null and void after 10 years and they have to try something else.

RetiredSoldier

March 24th, 2010
1:45 pm

Realist-

How long is that nose you are looking down? BTW, who picked you to judge other people?

@interested

March 24th, 2010
1:46 pm

i do believe the Omish are excluded?

RetiredSoldier

March 24th, 2010
1:47 pm

Realist-

Remember election 2000? Who were the sore losers then? BTW, when are you libs including BO going to stop crying about Bush. Hint: he isn’t president any more.

Williebkind

March 24th, 2010
1:52 pm

Realist-

Obama is using the Bush’s policies on the war. I guess Bush was right after all…its hard to swallow is it not.

Haywood Jablome

March 24th, 2010
1:55 pm

He should sue Obama for being an illegal alien to!!!

bulldizuer99

March 24th, 2010
2:02 pm

realist…i got ur back you are right, most people don’t want the truth

RetiredSoldier

March 24th, 2010
2:03 pm

Carpetbagger-

Beat ya, 31 0f 33. Guessed on two and got them right, one I should have known and disagree with the answer to number 33. Thanks that was fun.

Trudy

March 24th, 2010
2:10 pm

Thank you, Mr. Baker! BRING HEALTHCARE REFORM TO GEORGIA!

whatever

March 24th, 2010
2:10 pm

@ Realist- Maybe you should just sit back in YOUR trailer and wait on your HANDOUT from my paycheck…….that is what YOUR kind is so thrilled about after all……..ANOTHER HANDOUT.

Used to be Disgusted

March 24th, 2010
2:12 pm

Why do republicans hate America? Why are they so unpatriotic?

RetiredSoldier

March 24th, 2010
2:16 pm

Disgusted-

I don’t think it’s republicans that tell the world how sorry they are for all the terrible things the U.S. has done. I believe that is BO, you know the guy, he’s the one that won’t be seen in public with this country’s best ally, Isreal.

I's likes it!

March 24th, 2010
2:16 pm

Way to go bruther Thurburt! Thank youz for gettin me some free health care! now if you can just git me sum mo’ money in my welfar chek I’s be real happy. I ain’t gonna hav to start payin no tax am I? Wait, I don’t evin work.

Jessica

March 24th, 2010
2:19 pm

All you Obama haters are so hilarious! I always get a laugh because I can tell by reading your posts that you are so angry that a blood vessel is about to burst. Get used to it. This country is not the same. Your “good old boy” days are slowly coming to an end. Health care reform “is a &$#* big deal”.

NoPriceOnLiberty

March 24th, 2010
2:20 pm

AG Baker is selling the people of GA short by not joining this case. You think his Democratic primary in July has nothing to do with his decision? The Constitutional case is certainly strong enough to warrant pursuing. Only by challenging those who wish to erode our rights can we be certain of retaining them in the first place. If the AG doesn’t stand for that, what does he stand for?

Of course, don’t take my word for it. See what the Constitutional expert over at the Cato Institute has to say (most decidedly not a Republican mouthpiece):

http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/2010/03/24/the-states-respond-to-obamacare/

john

March 24th, 2010
2:21 pm

Blow hard you blowhards. Suck it up! Deal with it. HA!

Momto2

March 24th, 2010
2:22 pm

Either he’s getting thousands of phone calls or his phone has been taken off the hook…. that should say something about how Georgians feel about this….. I doubt they are calling asking him *not* to sue….

outrageous

March 24th, 2010
2:23 pm

@retiredsoldier, tickedoffmom,tc,interested and williebkind – All of you supposed taxpayers talking smack. I am a taxpayer and pay more taxes than your sorry behinds. I pay for my healthcare and that’s why I know my premiums have steadily gone up while my salary has not. I also know that the insurance companies have racked up billions of dollars in profits on the backs of denying health care for any reason they see fit. I had to pay more for my mammogram than ever before because of my now $500 bucks deductible. When my job ended back in 1996, I got sick and racked up a 30k hospital bill with no health insurance. I paid back every nickel under bankruptcy and believe it or not; I had no credit cards and wasn’t behind in my mortgage. I did what I had to because the hospitals and doctors harassed and threatened to sue me for payment. It took me five years to pay it all back. I want children to have healthcare. You people call yourselves pro-life but when the life is here you say I really meant pro-birth. You are insignificant diabolical bone pieces of humanity. You are all hypocrites. You say abortion kills babies. You are killing babies. You are worse than the abortion clinics. These children that have pre-existing conditions and can’t get healthcare are not on the public welfare rolls. These are children that have working parents and have been denied health care. You are morons and slime when you want children to die. Stop killing the babies. Perdue should be ashamed. He wants fishing museums, and wants to send teachers home (Georgia’s reading levels almost the lowest in the country). Georgia is in a fiscal crisis. This frivolous lawsuit will make government bigger and would cost taxpayers dearly. I thought you didn’t want government in your business. If you don’t like living in America leave. You have really made me physically sick with your hatred for Obama, your racist commentary all in the name of “you don’t want the government getting bigger.” Stop listening to the hatemongers, Gingrich, Hannity, Beck and Limbaugh. Fall on your knees and ask for forgiveness. God said he will protect children and fools. I guess you fall in one of those categories.

Momto2

March 24th, 2010
2:24 pm

Also the DEMOCRAT AG of Louisiana has filed a law suit…..So the AJC can go correct that article that says only Republican AG’s are suing….

RetiredSoldier

March 24th, 2010
2:27 pm

Jessica-

Can’t speak for others, I don’t hate BO. In fact I think it’s kinda cool the country elected a black president. I would have preferred a black conservative though.

I simply disagree with every single policy (except Afganistan). I think what BO and Congress is doing with harm our country. I just don’t drink his cookaid.

RetiredSoldier

March 24th, 2010
2:32 pm

Out-

Wow, I think a chill pill is in order. I’m glad you know so much about me. I don’t recall the pleasure of meeting you. If you want to talk religion, ok this comes to mind. “Ye without sin cast the first stone.”

I hope you have a great day.

retiredds

March 24th, 2010
2:35 pm

I agree with Thurbert Baker on this. And it will be seen as a sound fiscal decision. So, having said that, those of you on this blog who want to pursue a suit, you pay for it out of your own pocket. I don’t want to waste my (tax) money on this.

RetiredSoldier

March 24th, 2010
2:35 pm

Sorry Jessica, I meant to say coolaid.

RetiredSoldier

March 24th, 2010
2:38 pm

Let’s see retire, if you agree with a lawsuit, the citizens should pay for it. If you don’t agree, the only those who do should pay for the lawsuit. Goodness, that works out pretty well for you retire!

Churchill's MOM

March 24th, 2010
2:38 pm

there are 13+ states already suing about this matter, how would it help Georgia for us to waste our money when another state is going to spend the money? By the way, Mr Baker is NOT the sharpest tool in the shed.

Lester

March 24th, 2010
2:44 pm

Arm yourselves with PickRick Drumsticks.

CrazyInGA

March 24th, 2010
2:46 pm

Thanks Mr. Baker, for letting the losers know that education is much more important. Sonny is definitely not the sharpest tool in the shed or state. The repugs aren’t the sharpest tools either, if they were, they would sit down and shut up. Someone has beaten you at your own game, take it like men, not punks.

CARPENTER57

March 24th, 2010
2:50 pm

THURBERT BAKER DID THE RIGHT THING. THERE IS NO NEED TO WASTE MONEY ON SOMETHING THAT CAN’T BE STOPPED WITH A LAWSUIT. THE INSURANCE COMPANIES HAVE GONE UNBRIDLED LONG ENOUGH, RAISING RATES 30%-100% AND DROPPING PEOPLE WHEN SICK. I DON’T UNDERSTAND THESE TEA BAGGERS. BTW, I THOUGHT REPUBLICANS HATED FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS?

voice of america

March 24th, 2010
2:50 pm

We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving.

There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives.
It’s true we make a better day
Just you and me.

When you’re down and out
And there seems no hope at all
But if you just believe
There’s no way we could fall
Well now now now let us realize
Ohhhh that a change can only come
When we stand together as one yeah yeah yeah yeahh

TC

March 24th, 2010
2:50 pm

I think it’s amazing that the liberal/socialist/dems of this state can type responses with both hands out for welfare!

Matilda

March 24th, 2010
2:53 pm

Outrageous at 2:23,

You might as well be trying to teach algebra to your dog. Their outrage is not *about* the facts of the issue, and when called on that fact, they resort to the blatherings of their alternate reality. Take a deep breath, Hon. Things got a little bit better this week, and we have to appreciate such blessings when they happen. :-)

NoPriceOnLiberty

March 24th, 2010
2:53 pm

Churchill’s Mom….Please see repeal of Prohibition. It was through the combined effort of individuals and the states that Congress was forced to enact the 21st Amendment.

Hazel

March 24th, 2010
2:57 pm

All you legal eagles at the ajc, please tell me where in the United States Constitution does it state “that a citizen can be forced to purchase a product (health insurance) when it is against their religious beliefs?” I thought we had a bill of rights?

Where does it say I can’t buy beer on Sunday?

UPSET Retired Teacher

March 24th, 2010
2:59 pm

Thank you, Outrageous! You said exactly what was on my mind. NO, MOST AMERICANS are not against the Health Care Reform Bill. NO, MOST AMERICANS are not upset. These are simply those who are angry because this is now the time for change! GET OVER YOURSELVES! I have worked so hard all my life and now, because I chose to serve my country as a (low income) teacher, I cannot afford to purchase all of my medications each month. The insurance co-pays are too high. I worked all my life and I have retired after teaching for 30+ years. I am sure that some of these people who are displaying such awful behavior and comments are some of my former students. I am really upset at the number of educated people that are displaying their ignorance that we now have! SHAME ON YOU! SHAME ON YOU for being so mean and cruel…And, NO, I don’t want your money to purchase my meds or my insurance! SHAME ON YOU!

pete

March 24th, 2010
2:59 pm

You folks are sooooooooo stupid! If you take a look at Mitch Romney’s plan, It is the same as Obama’s. It was modeled after Ronmney’s plan.he is a big Republican. They are not complaining about health are, just the things that are attached. Please do your homework and read you racis hill billies! He made it mandatory to get health insurance in Massachusettes. Also, they get fined if they don’t have it. Did you hear about Bostonians crying and complaining? No, they are smart people and will continue to enjoy their cheap insurance. Wake up you silly racist southerners and get wiith the program. Stop making this a Black and White issue.

RetiredSoldier

March 24th, 2010
2:59 pm

Mom-

The main reason to join the suit is the court might expediate the hearing. The cost isn’t much, just write a brief. I doubt they will spend 50k.

Hazel

March 24th, 2010
3:02 pm

NoPriceOnLiberty
Of course, don’t take my word for it. See what the Constitutional expert over at the Cato Institute has to say (most decidedly not a Republican mouthpiece):

From their website:
Sponsorship is one way you can defend, in a concrete way, America’s heritage of individual liberty, free markets, and constitutionally limited government.

Not Republican at all!