When hackers attack
David Rivkin is no stranger to hardball tactics.
The former White House legal adviser under presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush was one of the earliest legal opponents to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, filing a lawsuit on behalf of 13 state governments against the ACA on March 23, 2010— the same day President Barack Obama signed the thing into law.
That lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Pensacola, Fla., has since attracted a total of 26 states as plaintiffs and delivered reform critics’ greatest victory so far: a total invalidation of the ACA, which may or may not strike down the law during the appeal process, depending whom you ask.
But it seems Rivkin has attracted some fleet-footed critics of his own: one or more liberal “hacktivists” who attacked sections of the Washington lawyer’s homepage, davidrivkin.com, dedicated to healthcare reform litigation documents.
As a breathless Feb. 17 post on the Heritage Foundation’s blog, “The Foundry,” states it, “Rivkin’s website came under attack by a highly organized group of cyber-terrorists seeking to silence him and knock his views off the Internet.”
But don’t worry about Rivkin getting his message out. All signs point to him and other critics of the law being on a short path to the Supreme Court to hash this thing out once and for all.