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Obamacare Lawsuits Grow

Recorded on January 12, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

Thanks to last fall's elections, now 25 states—half of them—are suing to block Obamacare.

New governors in Maine, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin are joining the litigation.

Why are states doing this? It's not just the individual mandate that forces people to get health insurance. The bill also expands Medicaid to cover an additional 18-million people. Medicaid is a combined federal and state program, and its high costs are already busting many states' budgets. Why make a bad problem even worse with the billions of extra costs that Obamacare would impose on the states.

The alternative could be higher taxes, like in Illinois which is about to raise income taxes by two-thirds—thousands of dollars a year for typical families.

Other states might also seek huge tax hikes—unless Obamacare is either stopped in court or repealed by Congress.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.