Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Rep. Bob Latta on Vinson's Obamacare Decision

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R- Bowling Green) issued the following statement after a United States District Court in Florida ruled yesterday that the recently passed Democrat health care law is unconstitutional.

“I applaud yesterday’s decision by the District Court. As Republicans in Congress repeated over the past two years, and Judge Vinson ruled, the individual mandate portion of the health care law is unconstitutional because it forces Americans to purchase health care coverage, which violates the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. Additionally, Judge Vinson ruled that because the individual mandate is non-severable, the entire health care law is unconstitutional.
Congressional Democrats and the President not only ignored a majority of Americans by passing a heath care bill they did not want, but they violated the Constitution in the process. Republicans in Congress remain committed to passing meaningful health care reform that Americans want and I look forward to being a part of this process by serving on the Energy and Commerce Committee and Health Subcommittee which will have direct jurisdiction over this process.
I was proud to sign onto the Amicus Brief for this lawsuit. Additionally, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine should be commended for signing the State of Ohio onto this lawsuit with twenty five other states.”