Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement in response to U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson stay of his ruling declaring the health care reform law unconstitutional, giving the Obama administration seven days to file an appeal:
Today, Judge Vinson has once again made it perfectly clear that there is no question in his mind that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and a speedy resolution is in the best interest of the court and the people. I couldnt agree more. This case needs to be heard by the Supreme Court as soon as possible so that we can finally get back to the drawing board and find a solution that protects the constitutional rights of the American people.
As a former judge, Congressman Poe has vigorously challenged the federal governments constitutional authority to enforce the individual mandate. In December of 2009, Congressman Poe filed H. Res. 959 expressing the sense that many members of Congress challenge the authority of the federal government to require by law that Americans purchase health insurance, or any goods or services.
Congressman Poe is also the sponsor of H.R. 154, Defund the Individual Mandate Act, to prohibit any federal funding from being appropriated by Congress to fund the individual mandates requiring Americans to purchase insurance or pay a fine as defined in the recently passed Senate healthcare bill. The bill currently has 50 cosponsors.
Prior to serving in Congress, Congressman Poe served as a prosecutor and judge in Houston, Texas, for 30 years and holds a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center. Congressman Poe serves on the House Committee on the Judiciary.
For more information on Congressman Poe, including numerous statements and speeches on his stance on healthcare reform, please visit our website: http://poe.house.gov.