Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-07) today issued the following statement in response to the ruling by Judge Henry Hudson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia which rejected the Obama Administration's attempt to dismiss Virginia's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Democrats' trillion dollar health care overhaul:
"The Democrats' trillion dollar health care overhaul will raise taxes on working families and small businesses, cut Medicare benefits for seniors, increase the cost of insurance premiums for many Virginians, and burden our state with unfunded mandates we simply cannot afford.
"Virginia has taken the lead, with more than a dozen other states, by challenging the constitutionality of the health insurance mandate requiring all Americans to purchase health insurance or face a penalty, as well as passing the Virginia Health Care Freedom Act protecting the people of the Commonwealth from being forced to do so. I fully support these efforts and will continue to advocate proposals to improve health care, while protecting individual choices and freedoms.
"Governor McDonnell, Attorney General Cuccinelli, and the people of Virginia understand we need to repeal this harmful health care law. Republicans will use every tool available to repeal it and replace it with a more incremental approach that will lower costs, provide affordable state-based health care options, and empower doctors and patients."