Today, a federal judge in Virginia ruled the mandatory health insurance coverage required in the health care law enacted earlier this year is unconstitutional. In the opinion, U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson held the provision was an unprecedented expansion of federal power that is not supported by Congress’ power to regulate interstate trade, known as the Commerce Clause, thus making it unconstitutional. Below is Congressman Lynn Westmoreland’s comment on the ruling.
“I am encouraged by today’s decision overturning the insurance mandate within ObamaCare. After the Obama administration and Speaker Pelosi spent the last two years telling the American people they knew what was best, it turns out they didn’t – the center-piece of their liberal agenda has been rightfully ruled unconstitutional. I think I join many of my colleagues in Congress and the more than 59 percent of the American people who oppose this law when I do not express my surprise to this outcome. I encourage the Obama administration, rather than wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on appealing this case, to join Republicans in their fight to repeal this job-killing health care law and replace it with common sense reforms that will truly lower health care costs,” stated Westmoreland.