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Washington, D.C., February 2, 2011— Karen Harned, executive director, National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center, issued the following statement prior to the U.S. Senate Judiciary committee’s hearing on the constitutionality of the healthcare law:
“Today’s hearing follows a landmark decision issued on Monday by federal Judge Roger Vinson who conclusively ruled that the healthcare law is unconstitutional. Congress does not have the constitutional authority to force citizens to purchase government approved health insurance. Neither the commerce clause nor any other clause in the constitution gives Congress this type of power.
“As Judge Vinson stated in his decision, Congress had many options when they debated healthcare reform. They could have passed reforms that addressed healthcare costs without violating the constitution. Unfortunately, they didn’t. Now we are left with an unconstitutional law that must be either repealed by Congress or overturned in the courts.”
NFIB along with 26 states sued the federal government over the constitutionality of the healthcare law. Judge Vinson’s decision in this case vindicates what NFIB has been arguing all along, that the individual mandate is unconstitutional and can not be severed from the rest of the law. For more information on our case visit www.NFIB.com/hclawsuit