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Roe Introduces Resolution Affirming PPACA is Unconstitutional

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Washington, November 16, 2011 | comments

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) introduced a resolution stating that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is unconstitutional. This resolution comes after the announcement that the U.S. Supreme Court will decide if government can force individuals to buy a private product or be penalized for not doing so. 

Roe released the following statement about his resolution:

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear the legal challenges against the PPACA is further evidence the health care legislation was rushed through Congress and is very flawed.  I am introducing this resolution because this Congress has the responsibility to make its views known regarding the constitutionality of this law. This resolution clearly articulates that PPACA is unconstitutional and that the individual mandate is not severable from the remainder of the law.

“While legal fights continue against this health care law in states around the country, and in the Supreme Court, I am committed to working with Congress to repeal the law and address critical health care challenges that face our nation.  I urge the Obama Administration and the Democrats in Congress to work with Republicans in passing common-sense health care reforms that are constitutionally permissible.

“It is time for us to take a stand on the side of the American people by sending a message to the court that PPACA should be struck down.”

The Kaiser Family Foundation’s October tracking survey found that 51% of the public has an unfavorable opinion of PPACA, as compared to only 34% who hold a favorable view.

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