Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal appears ready to lead his State’s resistance to the latest Federal power grab despite the recent US Supreme Court’s split decision upholding it by redefining the healthcare mandate as a ‘tax.’ As argued by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison (the Father of the Constitution) in the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions, the States as the (once) sovereign bodies which created the Federal compact are the proper last authorities to decide on the constitutionality of laws. Jindal’s stated resistance to implementing Obamacare is very much in the historical States’ rights tradition of Jefferson and Madison. The question remains as to how far Jindal is willing to go and what measures the Obama Administration will take against Louisiana. Chris Moody has the report for Yahoo News:
The Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama’s health care law on Thursday, but Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a possible Republican vice presidential contender who has refused to establish a federally mandated health care exchange in his state, said Friday that he will continue to ignore it.
“We’re not going to start implementing Obamacare,” Jindal said during a conference call with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. “We’re committed to working to elect Gov. Romney to repeal Obamacare.”
Under the Affordable Care Act, states must set up a health insurance exchange program by Jan. 1, 2014, and will receive grants from the federal government to implement it. Several Republican governors, including both Jindal and McDonnell, have put off setting up the exchanges in the hope that the law would be repealed or struck down by the court. Now that the law has been upheld, Jindal said he won’t change course and is looking to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to lead the repeal effort if he takes office in 2013.
“Here in Louisiana we have not applied for the grants, we have not accepted many of these dollars, we’re not implementing the exchanges,” Jindal said. “We don’t think it makes any sense to implement Obamacare in Louisiana. We’re going to do what we can to fight it.”