On Monday, a federal district court judge in Virginia ruled that Virginia’s lawsuit against Obamacare, challenging the mandate that all purchase insurance or pay a penalty, could proceed. Yesterday, the voters in Missouri weighed in on the same issue.
Although Missouri voters split almost 50/50 in the 2008 presidential election, Obamacare did not fare as well. 71% of voters voted in favor of a referendum that prohibits government from requiring that all residents purchase health insurance. Recent polls have demonstrated that Americans in general oppose Obamacare, but no poll I have been able to find put the opposition over 70%. Now we have an actual vote of the people as a point of reference.
So far, the legislatures of Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana and Virginia have passed statutes prohibiting the mandatory purchase of insurance. And, voters in Arizona and Oklahoma will have the opportunity to vote on this issue in November.
Meanwhile, Florida, South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Louisiana, Alabama, Michigan, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Washington, Idaho, South Dakota, Georgia, Alaska, North Dakota, Indiana, Mississippi and Arizona have filed suit raising issues similar to those raised in the Virginia case.
Given all of the above, it would not surprise me if states will be moving at a glacial pace to begin preparing for the insurance exchanges and other Obamacare mandates. After all, states can ill afford to spend the money needed to do so when they recently have had to slash their budgets to the bone, particularly if that money ultimately turns out to be wasted.