Seven minutes after President Barack Obama signed the historic health care bill into law, 13 state attorneys general filed a lawsuit claiming the reforms are unconstitutional.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett joined the baker's dozen who lent their names to this embarrassing last stand by conservative reactionaries.
Corbett, like all but one of the AGs involved in the lawsuit, is a Republican. He is also running for office, which raises the question of whether his participation in this lawsuit may have something to do with his bid for the governor's office. The challenge is based on the argument that the federal government is overstepping its bounds in a way that will cause "substantial harm and financial burden" to states.
No Republicans in the U.S. House or Senate voted for the bill and the legal challenge by the attorneys general may be mirrored by other lawsuits by state governments, The Associated Press reports.
Some states are looking at other ways to avoid participating in the overhaul. Virginia and Idaho have passed legislation aimed at blocking the bill's insurance requirement from taking effect, and the Republican-led Legislature in Florida is trying to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot asking voters to exempt the state from the federal requirements. At least 60 percent of voters would have to approve.
Partisan politics continue to cripple our federal government and divide us as a nation.
Democrats share the blame. Obama could lead on the path toward bipartisanship. There must be a conservative measure that we can all agree has merit and will help us move beyond the political polarization.
Most Americans do not care who gets credit for making things work, just that someone figures out a solution.
We will all be better off when the politicians stop playing the blame game that does little but provide boundless fodder for talking heads and political operatives.
"History is made when men and women decide that there is a greater risk in accepting a situation that we cannot bear than in steeling our spine and embracing the promise of change. That's when history is made," said Vice President Joe Biden at the White House ceremony where Obama signed health reform into law.
The next historic change ought to alter the way Washington does business so that elected leaders focus on serving the citizens who elected them with common cause.