Congressman Steve Scalise today released the following statement after U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson in Florida ruled that the individual mandate, which was central to President Obama's job-killing health care law, is unconstitutional. This decision comes on the back of a December 13, 2010, decision by a federal judge in Virginia who also ruled Obama's health care law unconstitutional.
"Today's ruling affirms our vote earlier this month to repeal President Obama's health care law and replace it with real reforms that lower costs and fix the problems in health care without the unconstitutional mandates and job-killing taxes in their bill," Scalise said. " Today's decision is a resounding victory for the American people and reaffirms the principles set forth in the Constitution by our founding fathers. Judge Vinson's ruling reinforces what we said following the Virginia case and what many of us have said from the beginning, that President Obama's health care law was unconstitutional. It is welcomed news that the federal court agrees with us in this critical ruling. President Obama needs to acknowledge this decision and come back to the table as we work to repeal his bill and replace it with real solutions to the problems facing American families in health care."