Sep 9, 2011
Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) released the following statement in response to the the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli does not have a legal right to sue over the health care law's mandate to purchase health insurance:
"Yesterday marked the latest ruling in the myriad of legal challenges to the Administration's controversial health care law. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals failed to address the merits of two cases challenging the constitutionality law, instead dismissing the cases on jurisdictional grounds. Earlier this month, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals deemed the individual mandate provision at the heart of the health care law to be unconstitutional, while leaving the rest of the law intact. Yet in June, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law. This circuit split makes it increasingly likely that the constitutionality of law must ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. It is disingenuous for the federal government to claim to be working to address the nation's economic crisis without first clearing the cloud of uncertainty casting doubt on whether additional costs and burdensome regulations imposed by the health care law can be met by our nation's health care providers, businesses and individual families, without significant detriment."
Congressman Forbes introduced H.R. 1010 to provide for expedited consideration of cases challenging the constitutionality of the healthcare law and H.Res.74 expressing the sense of the House that these cases should be expedited in an effort to provide certainty to job creators, citizens, and states.
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