Three Texas politicians spoke out against the health care bill the U.S. House of Representatives passed under a slim margin Sunday.
"This bill is a terrible mistake, because bigger government doesn't mean better health care," said Republican U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady in a statement. "But I am inspired and heartened by the tens of thousands of everyday Texans in my district who stood up the past year to make their voices heard and to join with a new generation of Americans who insist that Congress listen to them or risk the consequences."
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said the legislation is "a slap in the face" to the majority of Texans and Americans.
"This federal plan costs Texas taxpayers $2.4 billion per year and could force the state to redirect spending away from priority items such as education, public safety and road construction," Dewhurst said in a statement
Attorney General Greg Abbott said Texas will challenge the health care legislation, according to a news release from the Attorney General's office.
Abbott said the legislation violates the U.S. Constitution and infringes upon Texans' liberties.
"To protect all Texans' constitutional rights, preserve the constitutional framework intended by our nation's founders and defend our state from further infringement by the federal government, the state of Texas and other states will legally challenge the federal health care legislation," Abbott says in the release.
"Let's continue to fight it together, to challenge it at every turn and when the time is right, to repeal it," he said.
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