Congressman Leonard Lance today announced he will introduce a measure next week that asks the U.S. Supreme Court to rule expeditiously on the controversial health care overhaul signed into law by President Obama last year.
"The U.S. Supreme Court should quickly decide the constitutionality of the disputed health care reform law," Lance said. "Whether you support or oppose the new law we should all agree that a prompt resolution is needed and necessary to bring certainty in this area."
In a case jointly involving 26 states, a federal judge in Florida ruled Monday that the health care law is unconstitutional. That decision came on the heels of a December ruling by a U.S. District judge in Virginia that the requirement for individuals to buy health insurance was, "an unprecedented and unconstitutional expansion of federal power beyond Congress' authority to regulate interstate commerce."
In total four district court cases challenging health reform have been heard: Two found the Affordable Care Act constitutional, two did not.
The U.S. Supreme Court's Rule 11, a "writ of certiorari"allows the high court to take a case from the appellate level only upon a showing that the case is of such "imperative public importance" as to require an immediate decision. The Seventh District lawmaker believes the health care law rises to that level.
"I believe it is in our Nation's best interest that the highest court rule expeditiously rather than face potentially years of litigation on this important matter," Lance concluded.
For his part Congressman Lance opposed the health care law and recently voted to repeal the measure and replace it with common-sense fiscally responsible reforms that will lower health care costs, expand access and protect jobs. These reforms supported by Rep. Lance include allowing insurance to be sold across state lines, establishing high-risk insurance pools, limiting frivolous lawsuits and prohibiting insurance companies from discriminating on the basis of pre-existing conditions.
As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Congressman Lance will be on the front lines of this effort.