Alexander Statement on Virginia Court Ruling that Health Care Law is Unconstitutional

December 14, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, issued the following statement after a federal judge in Virginia ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is unconstitutional. The ruling found that Congress does not have the authority to impose the “individual mandate,” which will require every American to purchase government-approved health insurance.

“The recent ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson proves that the mandated purchase of health insurance, the very heart of the health care law, is overreaching congressional boundaries.

“This complete overhaul of our health care system is another example of the power grab of the federal government. Along with the majority of the American people, I opposed this massive intrusion into our private health system. This recent court decision should be encouraging to our families and small businesses who cannot afford to buy costly insurance.

“Republicans will continue the fight for patient-centered health care. The out pour of resistance from the American public apparently did not resonate with the congressional majority. Fortunately, come January, there will be a new majority at the House’s helm.”

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