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Virginia Court Confirms Individual Mandate Unconstitutional

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Washington, December 13, 2010 | Anna Harris (202-225-3605) | comments
“The ruling by Virginia District Judge Henry Hudson today, which declared the individual mandate in President Obama’s job-killing healthcare bill, is a victory for all hard-working Americans. The ruling found that Congress does not have the authority to impose the mandate, which is set to force every American to purchase government approved health insurance."
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Today, Congressman Mike Conaway (TX-11) issued the following statement after a federal judge in Virginia ruled that the individual mandate, the heart and soul of President Obama’s health care law, is unconstitutional:


“The ruling by Virginia District Judge Henry Hudson today, which declared the individual mandate in President Obama’s job-killing healthcare bill, is a victory for all hard-working Americans.  The ruling found that Congress does not have the authority to impose the mandate, which is set to force every American to purchase government approved health insurance.

“I believe that Americans want choices in healthcare. A universal, national healthcare plan will not be able to offer the choices and services that so many Americans have become accustomed to. I am heartened by this judge’s wise ruling that holds the mandate unconstitutional, and that it supports the voices of all those who opposed this legislation.”

The case, brought by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, is expected to go to the Supreme Court.


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