Cooley, the Los Angeles District Attorney, vows in media interviews and campaign announcements to join 13 Republican AGs who are suing to overturn the historic reform law passed earlier this year
Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, the Republican Party Nominee for California Attorney General, is siding with 13 Republican Attorneys General around the country who have filed a lawsuit to overturn the historic health care reform law championed by President Barack Obama and passed by Congress earlier this year.
Shortly before the June 8 Primary Election, the Sacramento Bee asked each of the ten candidates for Attorney General to state on the record his or her position regarding the lawsuit to overturn the law, which makes health care more affordable, holds insurance companies more accountable, expands coverage to all Americans. The law also ends discrimination against patients with preexisting conditions.
Each of the three Republican candidates, including Cooley, vowed to work to overturn the law. The Democratic Party nominee for Attorney General, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala D. Harris, is an outspoken supporter of President Obama’s agenda and has vowed to fight any efforts to overturn the health care law.
According to the Bee, “Steve Cooley, John Eastman and Tom Harman — say they would join the 13-state lawsuit, calling the new law an intrusive expansion of federal power at the expense of states’ rights.”
On the day President Obama signed the health care reform bill into law, the Republican Attorneys General in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington filed a lawsuit aiming to overturn the law.
The Cooley Campaign echoed its pre-Primary pledge to overturn health care reform in its first General Election conference call with Sacramento lobbyists and Republican political donors, during which former California Governor Pete Wilson was named Cooley’s campaign chairman. Wilson also is serving as campaign chairman for Republican Gubernatorial Nominee Meg Whitman.
According to sources who participated on the call, Governor Wilson described the importance of the Attorney General’s position as “the one that will be involved in bringing suits on behalf of the state, and defending the state when the state is sued….It will involve [Cooley] in challenging President Obama’s health care reforms.”
A decision in the Virginia lawsuit is expected to be announced before the end of July, and could serve as an initial legal test for the other states’ lawsuits.
Cooley has a history of defending and promoting the Republican Party’s agenda throughout his three-terms in elected office. In 2001, the newly-elected Cooley celebrated the inauguration of President Bush and predicted: “A new beginning for the United States is like the new beginning for the District Attorney’s Office of L.A. County.”
Ironically, Cooley’s own personal health care benefits are fully funded by L.A. County taxpayers. Yet in addition to his pledge to overturn the national health reform law, Cooley has been rebuked by a federal judge for singling out unionized prosecutors in his office for higher health insurance premiums.