The Corner

Good for the Seattle Times

This couldn’t have been easy for them:

AG Rob McKenna has a case to challenge the health-care law’s individual mandate

The Seattle Times editorial board supports the lawsuit of state attorneys general, joined by Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, that challenges the constitutionality of the new federal health-insurance law.

THE politically orchestrated hiss at Rob McKenna has not been convincing. Washington’s attorney general has the clear authority to argue that the new health-insurance law violates the Constitution, and to sign on to a lawsuit to that effect.

Opponents ask, “Who is McKenna’s client?” It is the people who elected him. Note that a Survey USA poll suggested that more Washington voters agree with him (44 percent) than do not (40 percent).

Opponents ask how much the lawsuit by 13 state attorneys general costs the people of Washington. It doesn’t cost them any extra money. The state of Florida is paying for it.

Opponents imply there is something outrageous in challenging a new law. It is not outrageous. It is part of the American system.

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