Feingold: Health reform is legalWisconsin U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold says the new federal health care reform act will withstand the lawsuits filed against it by a dozen Republican state attorneys general.
By: Gil Halsted, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold says the new federal health care reform act will withstand the lawsuits filed against it by a dozen Republican state attorneys general.
At a listening session in Sauk County, Feingold got several rounds of applause from supporters congratulating him for his role in passing the health care reform bill. But a critic of the new law, Baraboo resident Wanda Nims, also got applause when she told Feingold that “socialism and communism won't work in the U.S.” She asked Feingold to read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and compare the documents with the entirety of the health care plan.
Feingold told Nims he doesn't understand why the accusations about socialized medicine are surfacing now instead of decades ago when Congress passed the nation's first public health care program, Medicare.
Feingold says the plan -- which Nims calls “Obamacare,” -- will pass “constitutional muster, even with this Supreme Court.”
Speaking with reporters before the listening session, Feingold ridiculed the Republican legal challenge to the new law by comparing it to the conservatives’ plan for increasing U.S. oil production. He says “if people want to spend their time on litigation, so be it. But last year, some Republicans were talking about ‘drill baby drill,’ now it’s ‘sue baby sue.’
Feingold says he won’t be focused on lawsuits, but rather looking for the best ways to implement the new health insurance reforms in a way that will create more jobs in Wisconsin.