Cooch explains the reason why his case against the national health care reform law is moving forward. Here’s the part that should make every Democrat angry:
…The court basically ruled on four different items…The first one was whether or not Virginia was injured, because if you don’t have an injury you can’t have a case; courts don’t give opinions about what they might do, they resolve actual fights. And the court ruled, because . And Virginia’s law said that no Virginian can be forced to health insurance against their will; Virginia has its own law; we have a Virginia Healthcare Freedom Act, passed on a bipartisan basis this year – and we have a Democrat Senate and a Republican House – so it had to be bipartisan to get throughthat became law before the president signed the federal health care bill…
That’s right, Cooch’s #1 reason for why his lawsuit is moving forward is because Virginia passed – on a “bipartisan” basis – Bob Marshall’s Healthcare Freedom Act. Unfortunately, Cooch is right, it was bipartisan. Let’s review.
First, the House of Delegates, where Sideshow Bob’s lunacy passed by a 72-26 margin. True, Republicans control that chamber and Bob Marshall’s crazy law was going to pass, no matter how Democrats voted. Still, it’s lame that anyone calling himself or herself a “Democrat” voted for HB 10. First and foremost, I point my finger at Minority Leader Ward Armstrong, who rumor has it wants to run for governor in 2013. Sorry, but just on this vote alone – helping give Cooch the ammo he needed to push his lawsuit against what is arguably Barack Obama’s #1 achievement as president – Armstrong should be disqualified from any serious consideration by Democratic voters. Seriously. Outta here. Bye bye!
Now, on to the Senate, a chamber controlled by Democrats, and where the vote was close (23-17). So how did Sideshow Bob’s lunacy pass there? For that, we have five people who put a “D” after their names — Chuck Colgan, Edd Houck, John C. Miller, Phil Puckett, Roscoe Reynolds — to thank. Essentially, these are the Ben Nelsons and Blanche Lincolns of Virginia, super-conservative Democrats who might as well be Republicans when it comes to health care, energy, environment, and a bunch of “social issues.” I mean, “big tent” is one thing, but giving Kookinelli “bipartisan” cover to go around trashing health care reform? Argh.