North Carolina has more than 1.6 million uninsured people, most of them in line to have access to health insurance under the federal Affordable Health Care Act. But the new Republican majority in the NC General Assembly is attempting to cut them off at the pass ... with a bill that attempts to block a provision requiring people to buy insurance beginning in 2014 or pay a penalty. It also would direct Attorney General Roy Cooper to join a lawsuit to challenge the law. The Republicans approved this bill through committee without hearing a single witness from the uninsured population. They also wouldn't take testimony from the Attorney General.
The issue of the individual mandate is now in the courts. Two judges have ruled it constitutional; two others, not. It'll land soon in the rumpus room of justices Roberts, Scalia, Alito, and Thomas, where it may be stomped to death and then incinerated.
Why are the Republicans in the NC General Assembly wasting time on this when it's clearly a matter now for adjudication?