Will state governments comply with SCOTUS ruling?
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi weighs in
- Duration 5:49
- Date Jun 28, 2012
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi weighs in
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-- -- the controversial individual mandate now being deemed constitutional questions are being raised about whether or not state governments.
Will comply with the supreme court's decision and joining me now in studio to tell.
Our state plans to respond as the attorney general the great state of -- -- different -- -- -- for the -- it to see okay.
-- let me go to the descent again because I found extraordinarily powerful Scalia.
The Toledo and and Clarence Thomas.
You -- states are not free to turn down large grants obamacare gives states no choice.
The federal government -- it was giving states a generous gift but states like yours reject.
Did it right right and I'm proud of Florida for rejecting it because we still firmly believe it's unconstitutional.
And finish on -- weekend what what the Supreme Court is done they toss this back into the political arena.
That's exactly what they've done -- black.
That was the -- the and I'm sort of shocked by by the chief justice's position on this and I thought him -- we.
Did you find -- -- when he sort of decided to rewrite the law that for.
Congress well well.
An end to end and it's really clear in the end Scalia and other justice's dissent.
That they're saying -- clearly this sad it's a penalty now yet Justice Roberts.
Determined for the American people that in his opinion it with attacks.
And yet he talks I mean.
This this really this opinion has been politicized -- he talks about.
And this is a quote from the opinion state officials who will bear the brunt a public disapproval while the federal officials who devised a regulatory program.
May remain insulated from the elect -- real ramifications of their decision.
So what does it mean in terms of them the Medicaid aspect of this and you know -- Because seven members of the court -- the Medicaid expansion is -- constitutional court -- it anyway and left the states with an awful choice.
Was what the dissent said -- so what does it what does it in all practicality what does it mean that well can -- -- -- they can no longer take back.
Right out of penalize the states absolutely not CNN about that's a huge amount of Florida -- budget.
And then got got got was a win for us and that was a big win and we were.
We were very pleased that it was seven justices as well but that's what what what they -- trying to say it was today could take.
-- Florida if you don't go along with everything in this health care package we're gonna pull every penny of your Medicaid funding.
-- attribution almost absolutely.
And as one of the justices asked the solicitor general during the health care hearings he said so if I put a gun to your head and say your money your your life and you say in my life.
That's not coercion -- what.
I don't think I love them to go back to the dissent the court is rewriting laws and unmasking you as an attorney.
Rewriting federalism and ultimately rewriting our nation's future in the way the court lacks the authority to do.
That was that as -- powerful stinging rebuke.
This what is what is your reaction.
It is it as well we're extremely disappointed obviously with the opinion that we we were pleased to the very strong dissent.
And -- -- Justice Scalia said you know it was a feeble argument they used the word feeble a feeble argument the majority opinion and he said we're legislatures must weigh the need for the attacks against the terrible price they met must pay their next election.
Which is never more than two years off.
What it -- all part for for practical purposes you along with what 25 other day a National Federation of Independent Business exactly OK so -- -- Where does that all go from that legal perspective as a result of this decision to back.
Well I guess the most sobering part of this that we learned is that our Republican system of government only works when our leaders are honest with the people.
And thank goodness none of this has to be implemented until 2014.
-- what do we have before then we have an election.
And we have to elect Mitt Romney a president who's gonna be honest with the American people.
He's gonna do everything in his power to repeal this horrible law I've already -- in Florida we all work so well together I've spoken with governor Scott.
Senate president gates speaker Weatherford.
And in Florida where going to have a solution we have to digest -- -- -- the opinion we have to do what's best for our state.
And that it's about accountability accessibility and affordability.
For the citizens of Florida.
Me ask you about this because there are three aspects of this one.
Probably that that disturbs me the most as the constitutional aspects of this and you got the economic and the practical plausible outcome and all of us.
From -- constitutional.
The danger in my mind is this sets a new precedent absolutely -- so so so this is now a court decision.
What door does that open up that could be potentially dangerous down the road -- news the commerce clause which I think would have been worse -- So much -- amateurs and that really was our greatest fear and thank goodness that with that we did prevail on the commerce clause because like I said.
So -- this is so much bigger than health care we all that we need tremendous Health Care Reform this is so much bigger.
But -- under the commerce clause they had done this they could have done anything -- -- but yes it now anything that they could possibly use the word penalty for attacks.
-- -- -- back instead it was not taxes actually not a tax I was little words of president not only that the budget director came out wall this was pending remember.
To confirm it was not attacks and why did justice its chief Justice Roberts -- write it for him.
For the congress for the president.
Isn't that what he did.
-- he he said he interpreted the penalty to be -- Facts aren't.
It was good to see we're gonna follow what you do in the state of Florida as well as watch other states are gonna protect our state right him money to deceive.