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Texas Attorney General praises Obamacare ruling

Released by The Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott:

AUSTIN, TX – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott released a statement following U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson's ruling today in Virginia that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's individual mandate violates the United States Constitution:

"The federal court's ruling is consistent with the Constitution and consistent with the American people. There are limits to congressional power, and Congress has overstepped its limits here by forcing Americans to purchase health insurance -- even against their will.

"The court's ruling is an important step toward limited government and reducing federal mandates. The judge's decision bodes well for Texas' position in its lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare.

"The federal health care takeover's requirement that all Americans – against their will – purchase government-approved health insurance is unprecedented and violates the Constitution. The Commonwealth of Virginia's challenge, as well as Texas' challenge, contends that Congress does not have the authority to force individuals to buy a service from a private insurance company as a condition of being a law-abiding American, and unconstitutionally infringes upon Americans' individual liberties. No public policy goal – no matter how important or well-intentioned – can be allowed to trample the protections and rights guaranteed by our Constitution."

Texas is part of a 20-state coalition against the federal health care law that includes Florida, South Carolina, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Washington, Colorado, Michigan, Utah, Alabama, South Dakota, Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia and Alaska. The lawsuit is filed in the Federal District Court in the Northern District of Florida. The states are joined in this lawsuit by the National Federation of Independent Business, and individual plaintiffs Mary Brown and Kaj Ahlburg.

The lawsuit was filed immediately after President Barack Obama signed the bill into law. The legal action specifically challenges the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and names the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor as defendants because those federal agencies are charged with implementing the Act's constitutionally impermissible provisions.

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