Yesterday the Palm Beach Post ridiculed Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum for backing “the rights and freedoms of insurance companies” over that of the people, and today two more Florida editorial boards joined the chorus:
“Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum’s decision to sue over the new federal health-care law is a divisive, overly political waste of state resources.…McCollum has a duty to use the resources of his office — paid for by taxpayers — in the public interest. Taxpayers should also question the propriety of hiring McCollum’s former law firm, Baker and Hostetler of Orlando, to work on the lawsuit for McCollum and 12 other attorneys general. The firm will be paid whether the states win or lose.”
— Sarasota Herald-Tribune
“Beyond the political gamesmanship, the maneuvering in Tallahassee seems especially callous given that as many as 4 million Floridians currently have no health insurance. Sadly, like the Republicans in Washington the Republicans in Tallahassee have no plan of their own to provide affordable coverage for uninsured Americans. All they have are political games.”
— Gainesville Sun
And yet the editorial board of the Seattle Times — the paper of record in a state that voted for Barack Obama and his promise of health care reform by an 18-point margin (and in a county that went for Obama by a better than 42-point spread) — has thus far remained silent on our own AG’s role in this Republican political charade.