Texas Attorney General and Wichita Falls native Greg Abbott fired a shot across the bow of Obamacare today, Monday, Jan. 6, by co-authoring a letter warning President Barack Obama that his changes to the Affordable Care Act are illegal, according to Newsmax. Abbott, who is also running for governor of the Lone Star State, is not taking any time off from his position as the 50th Attorney General of Texas.
Abbott and 11 other state attorneys general signed the letter. Abbott further said this "is just the beginning of a long legal battle to restore the backbone of the Constitution."
The letter is actually addressed to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who has been charged with the task of implementing the Affordable Care Act. The other attorneys general signing with Abbott are from West Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Virginia.
Abbott's criticism was directed at the executive order which he says usurps the authority of Congress which passed the act into law. The order allows insurance companies one more year to offer health plans that have been canceled for not meeting the standards of the Affordable Care Act.
The letter further said, "We support allowing citizens to keep their health insurance coverage, but the only way to fix this problem-ridden law is to enact changes lawfully: through Congressional action."
Abbott has an unparalleled list of accomplishments during his terms as the state's top law enforcement officer. One of his most high profile achievements has been serving as the architect of the successful prosecution of Warren Jeffs and other Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints leaders for sexually assaulting children. Jeffs, who was on the FBI's Most Wanted List when he was apprehended, is currently serving a life sentence plus additional time in the Texas penitentiary system. It was Abbott who stepped forward and vowed to stop the abuse of children by the FLDS compound in West Texas, after other states refused to prosecute. Arizona dismissed its case against Jeffs and Utah declined to prosecute him after the appeals courts in the Beehive State reversed his conviction there.
Abbott had Jeffs extradited from Utah to Texas, before he was released from prison there. Countless children were rescued from the compound near San Angelo by several groups of law enforcement officials including some from Wichita Falls.
Abbott has also spearheaded the defense of religious freedoms in Texas. He gained national attention when he went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and defended the right of the citizens of Texas to keep their monument of the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the state capitol building in Austin.
Abbott is expected to win the Republication nomination for governor, although he is not taking time off from his job as Attorney General. Political experts predict he will meet Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis of Fort Worth in the November general election. Davis made her name by filibustering against an anti-abortion bill in the Texas Legislature last summer.
Abbott would become the first native of Wichita Falls to serve as governor of Texas were he to win the election.
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