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Rep. Louie Gohmert Commends Florida Court Healthcare Decision

Federal Judge Rules Healthcare Reform Unconstitutional

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding yesterday’s Florida court decision which ruled President Obama’s mandate for every American to purchase health insurance unconstitutional:

“Judge Vinson’s ruling yesterday is an important victory for the United States Constitution and the American people. He is correct when he compares this healthcare takeover to the 1773 Boston Tea Party. The present day Tea Party movement was formed partly due to the dissatisfaction of the people about the government takeover of healthcare. This individual healthcare mandate is the pinnacle of the false ‘government knows best’ thinking. The bill tells Americans that they and their doctors cannot be trusted to make their own healthcare decisions and would be best to leave such matters to Big Brother’s control. I applaud this court decision and look forward to replacing Obamacare with healthcare that does not just bring change but offers hope.”

US District Judge Roger Vinson is the second federal judge to declare the president’s entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. Mr. Vinson ruled the law must be overturned because one of its core provision— a requirement that people buy insurance. Early last year, a federal judge in Virginia found that the insurance mandate surpassed the congressional power to regulate commerce.

Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

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