As Gov. Scott Walker contemplates whether to create a state health care exchange under Obamacare, he will have to contend in the coming legislative session with nine lawmakers who have said they back a bill to arrest any federal officials who try to implement the health care law.
Eight of the nine Republicans also have gone on record saying they also want to write a law that would see airport screeners charged with sexual assault if they conduct overly invasive pat-downs of passengers going through security.
All nine also told a tea party-aligned group they backed passing so-called “right-to-work” legislation; allowing people to carry guns without having to get permits from the state; allowing people to buy raw, or unpasteurized, milk; and blocking state funding for the federal Real ID law that requires states to develop more secure driver’s licenses.
But their stance on the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, could cause the most fireworks in the upcoming session. Walker must decide by Friday whether the state will create a health care exchange under the health care law or leave those duties to President Barack Obama’s administration.
Republican State Rep. Chris Kapenga, one of the nine Republicans who supports allowing police to arrest federal officials who take steps to implement it in Wisconsin, said he believes Obamacare is unconstitutional, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that it is in fact constitutional. Kapenga, who is most certainly not a licensed attorney (or even a graduate of any law school anywhere in the civilized world), summed up his thoughts on Obamacare by saying, “Just because Obama was re-elected does not mean he’s above the constitution.”
Perhaps Chris Kapenga should look into taking a civics refresher course when he’s not busy legislating, because if he did he’d understand that Chris Kapenga doesn’t decide what’s Constitutional and what’s not – that’s the job of the justices of the United States Supreme Court.