GOP Fights to Block Health Care Overhaul

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President Barack Obama is signing the new health care overhaul bill into law Tuesday, but the backlash has already begun with many states filing legal challenges to the bill.

In the eyes of Obama and many Democratic congressmen, his signature on the massive new health care bill is a historic victory. However, the battle is far from over.

Phil Kerpen, vice president for policy for Americans for Prosperity, appeared on Tuesday's CBN Newschannel's Morning program to discuss the financial impact of the Democrats' health care takeover.

Click play to view his comments.

Republican attorneys general in a dozen states are filing suit to block the measure. They said its requirement that every person get health insurance is unconstitutional and an unfair financial burden on the states.

"We believe that Congress by assuming powers that it doesn't have by forcing these regulations down the throats of the people in the state of Texas, and therefore it violates the 10th Amendment," said Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

In addition, the abortion issue is by no means going away.

"You are going to be forcing individuals to buy insurance that will have some type of mandated abortion coverage, so this brings up another series of constitutional challenges," said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice.

"So you're looking at a very significant amount of litigation developing over the next two to three weeks and I think this will end up in the Supreme Court of the United States," he added.

Four state legislatures have already passed laws to block the bill. And it does not stop there.

Two Republican lawmakers -- Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and Rep.Steve King, R-Iowa -- introduced bills to repeal the legislation.

"It sends a message, and it lays the groundwork because this November the American people need to know where every member of Congress stands," King said.

After the bill passed Sunday night, the Republican National Committee launched a "Fire Nancy Pelosi" Web site. It has already raised nearly $900,000. However, House Speaker Pelosi is not backing down, saying health care reform could not be delayed.

The Senate will now debate the bill of changes passed in the House. Democrats will try and pass the measure using budget reconciliation rules, which require just 51 votes.

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