Attorney General Edmondson has released the following statement about calls for Oklahoma to join 14 other states filing suit against Obamacare:
“We have yet to determine if Oklahoma will file a lawsuit over the federal health care legislation. I simply believe a thoughtful and thorough legal analysis of the constitutional issues is preferable to a rush to the courthouse. We’re essentially aiming at a moving target because the Senate must still consider the House reconciliation bill, so we don’t yet know what the final law will look like.
We will continue to research the constitutional issues and case law. Facts and the law, not politics and fear, will drive our decision.”
Despite his high-minded rhetoric, both politics and fear are the driving motives, but they apply to Mr. Edmondson and not the public. AG Edmondson currently desires the Democratic nomination for governor, and is thus caught between Scylla and Charybdis on the issue of Obamacare; devoured in the general election by the Right if he doesn’t pursue the suit, and pulled under by the Left in the primary if he does pursue. He currently tries to avoid the issue entirely by getting involved with the “Feed the Children” spat to
see that the public’s interest is protected and properly executed.
If he was truly interested in the public good, he would look beyond the confines of his political ambitions, as Rob McKenna of Washington State has shown.