The Huntersville and Cornelius town boards on Monday passed resolutions opposing the new health care reform law as the first N.C. municipalities push back against the controversial bill.
In Huntersville, commissioner Charles Jeter submitted two resolutions that passed with his support and votes from commissioners Beth ‘Danae’ Caulfield and Ken Lucas. Opposed were commissioners Sarah McAulay and Ron Julian.
The first resolution asks N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper to file legal action "barring the implementation of the federal government mandating individual citizens purchase health care." It cites as its basis "clear and willful violation" of the Tenth Amendment addressing state's rights.
Click here to read the first Huntersville resolution.
The second resolution asks the N.C. General Assembly to help propose a new constitutional amendment barring mandated health care.
Click here to read the second Huntersville resolution.
In Cornelius, commissioners approved a resolution asking the state to protect the state and local governments from any unfunded mandates from federal health care legislation.
"We're very concerned about what the state might do monetarily, especially given their current situation, passing costs down to the municipalities," Commissioner James R. Bensman told Paper Trail today.
Click here to read the Cornelius resolution.
Cooper is already feeling pressure from state GOP leaders, the Observer's Jack Betts notes.
Betts says Republicans are urging the attorney general to join at least 13 other states, including South Carolina, in a lawsuit challenging the law's constitutionality.
- Doug Miller