With the health care bill signed into law and a set of “fixes” on its way to the House today, I am proud to stand with my constituents and continue the fight against this government take over of health care. President Obama’s health care bill infringes on Americans’ constitutionally protected liberties; encroaches on the states’ constitutionally guaranteed sovereignty; requires states to spend billions of additional dollars on entitlement programs; imposes an unconstitutional tax; and violates the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
For the first time in our nation’s history, the federal government is attempting to force individual Americans to purchase services from private companies or face a penalty. Nowhere in the Constitution does it authorize the federal government to mandate, either directly or under the threat of penalty, that all citizens have qualifying health care coverage. By imposing such a mandate, the President’s health care bill exceeds the powers of the United States under Article I of the Constitution and violates the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.
As the Attorney General of Texas, Greg Abbott, recently stated, “For the first time Congress is attempting to regulate and tax Americans for doing absolutely nothing. H.R. 3590 attempts to tax and regulate each American’s mere existence.” Congress and the federal government must stop weakening the Constitution which is why I have cosponsored a resolution commending the efforts of state legislatures, Attorneys General and citizens to resist the implementation of the health care bill. As citizens of this great country, we cannot and will not cede our constitutionally protected individual liberties.