Yesterday, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) filed 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 federal government has no authority to make us buy anything, whether thats health insurance or a box of doughnuts, said Poe. The American people still value the protections set forth in our Constitution and I will vigorously fight to ensure that this Congress and this administration adhere to the laws of this country.

I support a full repeal of the healthcare bill. However, that process may be a lengthy one. As all appropriations bills originate in the House of Representatives, this legislation will ensure that Congress does not appropriate any money to implement these programs.

In addition to this bill, Congressman Poe is the cosponsor of Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act to fully repeal the sweeping government-run healthcare legislation passed last year.

Americans have overwhelmingly rejected the philosophy that the federal government can do it better. Its time to stop the massive government expansion and focus on real reform not more government control.

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.

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