The same day Barack Obama signed one of the more historic pieces of health care legislation in American history, 14 states went in on what could shape up to be one of the more historic lawsuits in American history.
Just moments after the president scrawled his approval on the bill, Coloradoâ€™s attorney general John Suthers joined 11 other Republican attorneys general and one Democrat in a suit filed by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, claiming that the federal mandate that all individuals be required to purchase health insurance on penalty of a fine is unconstitutional.
Virginia later joined the group by filing its own suit.
For the past year, health care reform has been one of the hottest issues in local communities and Capitol Hill. Republicans stubbornly refused to help craft any type of real reform, but the bill ultimately passed without a single Republican vote.
Now, it seems, the debate wonâ€™t die down â€¦ and it shouldnâ€™t.
The states filing the suit agree that the federal governmentâ€™s mandate illegally abridges state sovereignty, and while the Collegian Editorial Board split on whether the new health care laws are good or even legal, it did agree that lawsuits, including this one, are a vital element of a healthy and legally bound democracy.
Without states and citizens gutsy enough to stand up to national laws they believe unconstitutional, nations devolve into tyranny. Suits like this test the mettle of laws, either engraving them into the books or destroying them.
Whether or not the mandate will survive the legal battle remains to be seen, but Coloradans should be proud of their attorney general and their state for checking the power of the national government and helping maintain a vibrant, free society.