For Immediate Release: Contact: Elise Marsh
August 3, 2010 703-209-3787
Delegate Barbara Comstock Applauds Health Care Ruling
Virginia’s Challenge of Constitutionality of Health Care Act
– August 2, 2010) - Yesterday,
Judge Henry Hudson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District
of Virginia denied the federal government’s motion to dismiss Virginia’s
challenge to the constitutionality of the mandatory health insurance purchase
requirement in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Delegate Barbara Comstock issued
the following statement in response to this ruling:
“Judge Hudson’s ruling, to allow Virginia’s constitutional challenge to the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, now allows this case to move
forward on the merits. The requirement imposed in this federal legislation,
that all Americans in every state must purchase health insurance or face a
penalty, is not consistent with the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.
It is also inconsistent with the expressed will of the representatives of
the Commonwealth of Virginia who, on a broad, bipartisan basis, supported the
passage of the Health Care Freedom Act this year.
“As Judge Hudson wrote: ‘While this case raises a host of complex
constitutional issues, all seem to distill to the single question of whether or
not Congress has the power to regulate – and tax – a citizen’s decision not to
participate in interstate commerce. Neither the U.S. Supreme Court nor
any circuit court of appeals has squarely addressed this issue.’
“The Attorney General brought forward a specific and narrowly tailored case.
Now the issue can appropriately get a full hearing in our courts.”