Texas AG reacts to health care ruling
AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott released a statement following U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson’s ruling today that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is unconstitutional and strikes down the entire law:
“This is a great day for liberty and the vitality of the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution limits Congressional power, and in this case, Congress exceeded its power. As Judge Vinson’s decision made clear, Congress cannot regulate inactivity under the Commerce Clause, and therefore exceeded its Constitutionally-set boundaries by requiring all Americans – against their will – to buy government-approved health insurance.
“Judge Vinson also declared that ‘because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void.’ This is an important step to the path of reducing government intrusion into the lives of all Americans.”
The lawsuit is filed in the Federal District Court in the Northern District of Florida. Attorney General Abbott represented the State of Texas during oral arguments before the federal district court in Florida on December 16, 2010.