A U.S. District Judge in Richmond, Virginia, denied a U.S. Justice Department request to throw out the State of Virginias lawsuit suit over the healthcare bill, rejecting arguments from the federal government that the state had no right to sue. The ruling clears the way to allow states to challenge the authority of the federal government to force individuals to buy health insurance.
Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement:
The Constitution doesn't give the federal government the authority to force citizens to buy anything whether it is health insurance or a box of donuts, said Poe. I applaud the decision of the federal judges ruling giving the State of Virginia the legal authority to sue the federal government for overstepping their legal boundaries. The sweeping healthcare legislation far exceeds the taxing authority of the federal government set forth by our Constitution. The American people have overwhelmingly disapproved of the government mandates included in this bill and todays ruling is a victory for the people.
The lawsuit was filed by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in response to the healthcare bill. In the complaint, the State of Virginia stated the federal government does not have authority under the Constitutions "Commerce Clause" to force American citizens into purchasing a healthcare plan. The Commerce Clause gives the federal government the authority to "regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several States."