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Mississippi Leaders Respond To Ruling On Individual Mandate

December 13, 2010

A federal judge in Virginia struck down a key requirement of the new healthcare legislation today in declaring that the individual requirement to purchase health insurance was unconstitutional. Fallout will continue, other decisions will be made, and chances are the Supreme Court will have the last word. But for now, here is the response from some political leaders in Mississippi.

Gov. Haley Barbour: “The decision of the federal court in Virginia is encouraging to all of us who consider the Obamacare law unconstitutional; however, we know the case will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Sen. Roger Wicker: “I have long said that forcing Americans to purchase health care insurance infringes upon personal liberty and oversteps the Constitution. I am encouraged by today’s federal court ruling that the individual mandate in Obamacare is unconstitutional. This ruling is a step in the right direction to overturn the Democrats’ health care law and replace it with affordable options for Americans.”

Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant: “I have believed this act to be unconstitutional from the very beginning, and that is why I filed the very first private lawsuit challenging the health care law. I commend federal Judge Henry E. Hudson in Virginia for standing up against a law that strips states and individuals of the freedom to choose health insurance.”

Rep.-elect Steven Palazzo: “I applaud Judge Henry Hudson for recognizing the constitutional flaws in the Democrat health care law. Judge Hudson’s ruling paves the way to begin dismantling one of the most egregious aspects of the bill, the individual mandate. Once I am sworn in, I will keep my campaign pledge to work with my colleagues to defund, repeal and replace this dangerous overreach by the federal government.”

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