Many Republicans hailed federal District Judge Henry Hudson's ruling Monday in Virginia that Obamacare’s individual mandate to buy health insurance is unconstitutional.
Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah:
The ruling is a "a great day for liberty," USA Today quoted Hatch as saying. He summed up the issue of the government mandate like this: "If the government can tell you what to buy, then what limits on federal power exist?"
Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa:
“The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service called requiring people to buy a good or service or be penalized a ‘novel issue,’ and now a federal court has ruled it unconstitutional. The ruling is likely to be appealed, but it’s a clear signal that the constitutionality of the law, which was moved through Congress with a lot of controversy and partisanship, isn’t as certain as its supporters have argued.”
Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee:
“The court has upheld a concern many of us raised when the law was under debate. Namely; the Federal Government does not have the right to compel Americans to buy anything. This is one more tenant of ObamaCare that has proven unworkable. We now have a law on the books that will not improve the quality of care, will not reduce the cost of care, and will add billions to the national debt. This is a law we need to repeal and replace as soon as possible.”
Rep. Scott Garrett of New Jersey:
“I hope this is the beginning of the end for Obamacare,” he told Politico. “I said from day one it’s an unconstitutional infringement of states’ rights and citizens’ rights. I think you have to pull it out by the roots and start over from scratch. It is not a tweakable bill. And from a legal point of view, if the Supreme Court were to strike to down the unconstitutional mandate provision, because that section is so tied to the rest of the bill, the whole measure should be struck down. The rest of the thing will fall under its own weight.”
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