Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) introduced a resolution calling for expedited judicial proceedings for all litigation related to the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148). The resolution, H. Res. 74, recognizes the national importance of a prompt resolution to pending litigation in order to provide certainty for employers, individuals, healthcare providers, and state and local governments. Four separate Federal court rulings have produced diverging views on the law's constitutionality, including one case in Florida in which twenty-six states joined together to file suit.
"Although I have opposed the healthcare law from the outset, I firmly believe that supporters and opponents alike should join together in calling for an expedited resolution to the question of this law's constitutionality. Under the current healthcare law, millions of Americans would be forced to purchase government-approved health insurance. This mandate, in addition to other significant changes in our nation's healthcare system, has left job creators, citizens, and states with great uncertainty as lengthy judicial proceedings wind through the Federal court system to resolve divergent rulings," said Forbes.
In December, a federal court in Virginia ruled that the individual mandate provision of the healthcare law was unconstitutional. Just last week, a Federal judge in Florida struck down the law in its entirety.
Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), Congressman Bob Goodlatte (VA-06), and Congressman Dan Burton (IN-05) have joined Congressman Forbes as an original sponsor of H. Res. 74. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) has also introduced similar language in the United States Senate urging the United States Supreme Court to decide quickly if the new health care law is constitutional.
Congressman Forbes supported H.R 2, legislation before the House of Representatives to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Congressman Forbes has supported healthcare solutions that would increase healthcare access, quality, and affordability, including banning denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions and allowing insurance coverage for young adults who stay on their parents' policy.